February 9, 2023
Why Do So Many Leaders Avoid Getting To The CRUX Of The Matter?

We often hear the adage that “the crux of the matter is” when describing an event or situation. While it may sound like an obvious question – why do so many leaders avoid getting to the crux of the matter?

The answer may lie in the nature of the human mind which usually sees things in the immediate here and now rather than the long-term. It is often easier for leaders to focus on concrete details and minutiae instead of looking at the overall big picture. In addition, particularly in times of stress, leaders may be driven by emotion and instead of fact-based analysis and rational reasoning.

When faced with difficult or challenging decisions and tasks, leaders can become overwhelmed with the complexity and depths of the problem at hand and may not be equipped to grapple with the deeper implications that come with the crux of the matter. In some cases, leaders may prefer to stick to their own opinions, even if they are not based on facts and evidence. This can lead them to ignore other’s input which is essential to getting to the crux.

Furthermore, fear and insecurity can often be a huge deterrent to leaders getting to the crux of the matter. It is not uncommon for leaders to avoid difficult conversations, delays and in some cases, be resistant to new information and ideas, primarily due to fear of reactions and retribution. Even if the response is not negative, leaders may avoid the truth of a matter because it may reveal a gap in their own abilities or knowledge which would then require them to reassess and readjust.

In conclusion, effectively getting to the crux of the matter and making sense of the data and facts, is important for all leaders to be able to achieve. It is only when leaders are able to identify the underlying issues and truths within a situation valid and reliable solutions can be formulated. It is therefore in the best interests of any leader to be equipped to face their own fears, doubts and uncertainties in order to make well-informed decisions.

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