Leadership is an art that relies upon understanding, timing and relationships. There are times when a leader needs to be seen and heard. This visibility opens a vulnerableness that can demonstrate confidence and humility. When a leader faces challenging times or is working on a change-process, visibility and accountability are crucial. The leader must don blaze orange, shouldering this responsibility and displaying it confidently and boldly.
Conversely, as a leader, it can be equally difficult and important to stand down when it is others’ time to shine and grow. Giving another person the spotlight and responsibility, particularly in times of success and celebration, builds leadership capacity around you. Sometimes wearing camouflage and blending into the background makes you and your organization better.
Blaze orange and camo, two essential leadership skills, will improve the capacity within your organization and build trust from the people around you.