How many of these statements have you heard (or thought or said!) in just the last month or two?

  • I’m afraid to say what I really think because they (management, colleagues, direct reports, clients) will make my life a living hell?
  • Everyone has a right to his opinion. (aka I don’t agree with you and have now stopped listening!)
  • I’ll tell you, but I don’t want to say it in front of the group.
  • The last thing I want to do is to bring that decision/issue to the group. We’ll never get anywhere on it.

I’m struck by how often I hear these sorts of comments as I work with fabulously talented and highly accomplished leaders. And honestly, since that’s the title of this post, how often I’m tempted to say/think them myself.

What’s that all about? Anyone brave enough to wade in?