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Exposing Intentions

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Why are Hannibal Lecter and Dr. Moriarty so successful as villains?  Partly because they are intelligent and competent, but also because we can’t work out what they will do next.  They are unpredictable and so we cannot see what their intentions are, but we can see from their track record that they are not likely to be benign intentions! This gives us a clue as to why it is so important for other people to be able to see and understand your positive intentions before they can trust you or follow you as a leader?  A professor of business administration at Harvard and an experienced business leader provide a convincing explanation of why ‘Exposing Intentions’ is an essential part of building trust and followership, especially where cultural differences make it difficult to interpret more subtle messages about our intentions.

For People to Trust You, Reveal Your Intentions