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Leaders Should Just Lead

As a seasoned executive, Warren Buffett should have chosen his words a bit more carefully

One has to wonder what business leaders are thinking sometimes when they utter things that they have to know are going to send waves throughout the universe.

The iconic Warren Buffett opened up his mouth in May 2009 and turned the financial world on its head.

In an interview, Mr. Buffett chose to express his views of the current economic times by saying, “this is an economic Pearl Harbor” and equated the current financial situation in the United States to “falling off a cliff.” These comments may seem innocent enough. But coming from a financial executive who has changed a whole generation's view of finance, these words are quite devastating to a country that is already reeling. Buffett's words carry weight in arenas that we would not normally consider. The ripple effect can be staggering.

As a seasoned executive, he should have chosen his words a bit more carefully.

While few might disagree with what he is saying, there are better ways to put it. Thoughtful ways that would make us aware of the situation AND build a little confidence that we can get this thing turned around.

That's what a CXO mindset is all about. A leader knowing when to bite her or his tongue or when to advance an idea. Sometimes, being a great CEO means biting your lip more than flapping it.

Advice to up and coming executives: having the mindset of a real leader is not always about speaking your mind and sounding pithy. It's about knowing when and how to package a concept. Just because an idea pops into your head, it is not always prudent to let it find a pathway to your mouth.

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Loraine Antrim is co-founder of Core Ideas Communication, a communications consulting agency focused on presentation development and media training for C-suite executives. Core Ideas enables executives to package and communicate relevant and compelling messages in their presentations and interviews. Loraine's expertise is killing butterflies. You know, butterflies: the feeling in your stomach before you have to present or speak in public. Loraine works with executives to create a powerful story, memorable messages and an authentic delivery style. Confidence kicks in, and butterflies scatter. Nice work killing butterflies! You can contact Loraine at: manager at coreideas.com

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