Leadership: Embracing Paradoxes

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The word “paradox” probably conjures up notions of logical puzzles and brain-straining impossibilities—the types of concepts most would want to keep far away from a business and its leaders. But paradoxes do exist, and some suggest that learning to understand and embrace them may be beneficial for developing leadership skills and creativity.

Source: LightField Studios / shutterstock The Definition of ‘Paradox’

First, let’s be clear on what a paradox is. Merriam-Webster gives several definitions of the word, including:

A tenet contrary to perceived opinionA statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps

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