Growing up in West Virginia we used to say that a politician was a man who could straddle a barbwire fence naked and smile, coming down squarely on both sides of an issue.
In high school debate we learned to argue both sides equally well, even if we only agreed personally with one side. This is a useful skill for critical analysis and persuasion, but it’s not leadership.
Whatever group or organization you’re leading, people are looking for a decisions and action, not waffling and delay. Winston Churchill understood the importance of taking a firm stand: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Churchill Click To Tweet
Leaders need to take a stand, pick a side, choose a direction. They need a strong Point of View.