Leadership Minute: Zip Your Lips

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The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. – Abraham Lincoln

Leaders are often noted for what they say. After all, leaders are good communicators and as such enjoy firing up the troops with some motivational words that offer some profound encouragement. But, there are times when the leader needs to be quiet. Sometimes saying what’s on your mind could be inappropriate or simply not advisable. Mastering the discipline of keeping your lips closed can save you a lot of grief and preserve your stature as a smart leader. Just because you may be thinking of something “important” to say, it may be more beneficial in the long run to you and everyone else if you just keep it to yourself.

 

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About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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