How does cognitive dissonance apply to leadership and the way you communicate?
Another work you may have heard is congruent. Basically they both mean that you truthfully say and do what you feel and what is most consistent with reality.
The idea of “fake it until you make it” can often become an outright fantasy. Faith and fantasy are not the same.
As an example a barking cat or meowing dog or even an English speaking, space ship flying raccoon might appear in a fantasy based movie. To truly appreciate these characters you must suspend your disbelief because these things don’t represent any known form of reality. Fantasy.
The belief that one day you will write a book, sing on stage, be well known around the world, these are all possibilities within the realm of reality. Potential horizons which have not yet happened, but which could happen if all the effort, passion and process necessary is applied to achieve them.
When leaders who have no skill, no passion, no process but make promises of their future - the past often reveals glaring failures - the people around them don’t hear what one day could be, they hear a barking squirrel or a talking raccoon.
Consistency is key. Confident, reality based faith, belief in truth and potential these are the elements of leadership people need to follow a great leader.
All of these qualities, good or bad are revealed in the stories you tell everyday.
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