Why we completely ignore the inherent connection between writing and leadership

Two workers in a cruise ship water slide tube
We can observe a alot by paying attention


The inherent connection between writing and leadership is frequently missing from advice, tips, strategies and tactics.

Why?¬†Because as leaders, we’re too busy to write. At least that’s what we tell ourselves.

But in order to be a good great leader, we must spend time thinking. That’s our job. To think about, envision and constantly share our clear, concise, and compelling vision of the future.

And find a million ways to keep the fire white hot.

Yet we quickly and unintentionally ignore this fact:

That others will be thinking about our clear, concise, compelling vision in direct proportion to our own thinking.

And if we do a “once and done” campaign, imagine our ripple effect on our team.

Which has us finishing where we started…

A writer must write. And to write, a writer must think. So if a writer stops writing, does the writer then stop thinking as well?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. It’s my experience that a writer is always thinking. They can’t help it. The act of writing puts everything in some sense of order.

  2. Patty, because a writer is always thinking, there’s a decent chance they are also observing (and a decent chance they are preoccupied) things, which makes being in the moment more likely.

    Being in the moment is a beautiful place to be.

    Writing about it, often more so.

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