The art of communication is the language of leadership.    —JAMES HUMES, AMERICAN LAWYER, SPEAKER, AND AUTHOR

LEADERSHIP IS A complex subject that has been the topic of countless books. Opinions vary widely on what it takes to lead. What I have learned about leadership is that the difference between running a company and running the rest of your life isn’t all that big.

The old military command and control style of leadership doesn’t work in a business environment. However, like a military leader, a business leader must clearly communicate the “mission.” Note that I find the word mission too broad and a bit nebulous. Destination is a more useful word; you can’t lead without a clear destination.

Leadership has as much to do with who ...

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