As usual, Jack and Suzy Welch are on target with their latest BW column, critizing the new Administration for various leadership “shortcomings”.
The valuable insight for business leaders is that “you gain nothing by showing uncertainty and indecision”. In short, get your act together, probe the issues, work them to death if you need to . . . but then formulate a plan and move forward as a leader: “Here's what we're going to do and why. Here's what's in it for you, and here's what we're going to look like when we get to the other side.”
Secondly, don't talk about the risk of failure. Why go there? That represents “CYA management”. Unless you believe you can, your people won't think they can either.