Leadership requires dealing with people, and people are complex, messy, and sometimes difficult. Everyone has an inner voice; most of us have whole committees of voices. I have committees and sub-committees screaming for attention.
Let’s be candid: you and I sometimes think of things we’d love to say but know we shouldn’t. It will feel great for about 24 seconds and then we’ll regret it for a long time. Mature leaders recognize they have some immature thoughts and voices in their head.
You’ll be encouraged to know other leaders struggle with this problem. Here are some things I wish I could have said just in the past year: