Chapter 2

Introduction to the Elements of Leadership Talk

Max DePree popularized the idea that leadership is an art. So much of what a leader does cannot be objectively measured. To reduce leadership to a set of algorithms is to remove it from its context; to ignore the complexities, the contradictions, and the possibilities. Artists must deal with uncertainty, contradictions, and diversity almost by definition. Leaders need to have this capacity.

—Michael McKinney

In order to understand how to begin to see leadership as a product of communication practices or talk, you first need to develop the ability to pay attention to talk, to be able to identify the elements of talk, and then know and apply a framework(s) that allows you to assign greater ...

Get Leadership Talk now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.