3 things I wish I'd known about leadership

Vodafone UK's enterprise director Anne Sheehan on the power of plain speaking and embracing discomfort.

by Adam Gale

If leadership were that simple, bestseller lists wouldn’t be full of books offering different advice on how to do it. Yet it can be helpful in the heat of the moment to refer to a few basic, hard-earned truths, especially when the day job makes you too busy to read said books.

For Vodafone UK’s enterprise director Anne Sheehan, these come down to communication, time management and embracing discomfort.

Use simple language

"I had the great experience of working for IBM after college, but 20 years ago it all was very corporate. I’d go to all these meetings thinking ‘I have no idea what these people are saying’. It was just acronym after acronym. I remember asking what they meant, and so many of these senior people couldn’t actually explain them.

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