The conscious leader uses straight talk.

She knows that when she doesn’t say what she means she is driving or being driven by a hidden agenda and that, in general, an agenda is driven by fear—the fear of losing something if she tells the truth.

When she sees herself developing an agenda, she works to uncover her fear and owns up to it—to herself, if not to others. She considers the worst-case scenario of telling the truth and resolves to deal with that. Then she speaks her truth with clarity and states exactly what she wants.

She is not attached to the result, only committed to straight talk. She knows at the end of the day this will save time, money, and probably pain, for all involved.

She does not use straight talk as an excuse for a lack of empathy or diplomacy. She maintains her sensibilities, while she says what she means and means what she says.

The conscious leader burns up her and others’ misgivings in the fire of straight talk.

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