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  • Writer's pictureAdil Malia

Tact - the Social Smartness of Leadership




Right and knowledgable. Yes, that is what you may be. But without tact , you will neither be able to communicate effectively, nor influence, nor convince, nor be able to facilitate a common agreement despite being Right. No longer can a leader without tact hope to be an effective leader just by virtue of right knowledge.


Tact is critical for it is about being mindful & sensitive which are much sought after social skills of a leader in a power driven dynamic situation. Organisations are managed thru power structures and thus require a lot of tact in handling sensitive situations.


Tact encompasses androitness , a certain cleverness and political savvy. But mistake it not. Tact is not about saying the wrong things or not adhering to Value systems to please somebody.


Tact is about saying the right things delicately and mindfully to set the situation right and communicate a message without causing social injury.


Gibran's fourth frog was right and knowledgeable. But he certainly lacked the sensitivity. Albeit right, he mindlessly antagonised all the 3 frogs at the same time, who were wrong.

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sethnarhs
sethnarhs
Feb 12, 2022

Build a great team


No one is an expert in everything; the most robust businesses are built on the smartest people - not on one person. According to Brian Scudamore, I've learned that strong leaders don't fight to have the first and last word. Instead, they listen to their teams, ask the right questions, and give everyone the chance to contribute. Instead of trying to do it all, find people who can do it better. Then, with the right people in place, you can take a step back to focus on your strengths - like leading your team and planning your company's future.


Great leaders aren't know-it-alls who continuously try to outshine everyone. They admit when they're wrong and genuinely…

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sudhakarmanav
Feb 11, 2022

Very well depicted the truth that is being witnessed in the corporate and political world for sure.

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