Leadership is one of those terms that can mean a lot of things. To business owners, it can feel like “being all things to all people, all the time.” Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, gurus of current leadership practice, simplify it in their book, The Leadership Challenge: How to make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations. […]
All organizations go through different stages of growth, from startup through maturity and exit. Businesses must accomplish the key development goals of each stage to proceed to the next. Each has a unique developmental focus, and can be classified by sales revenue (varied depending upon whether your firm is a service firm or a manufacturing […]
On Friday, I attended an excellent seminar on leadership offered by Jenny Whitener, Chief Executive of Bridge Consulting International and alumna of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Among the many fascinating learnings she shared was a simple and elegant list of what “followers most admire in their leaders.” According to Kouzes and Posner in their book The Leadership Challenge:
- A Sense of Looking Forward
Does this constellation seem surprising to you? Are any of them “optional” in an effective leader? What other attributes and qualities are essential in the best leaders you’ve known?
Crisis Advice from GE’s Immelt – Harvard Business Online’s HBR Editors’ Blog:
“Keep your company safe but keep building the future”
Terrific brief article from GE’s CEO Immelt about Leadership and Change he teaches his management teams. While he acknowledges that adjustment is necessary in light of current economic troubles, it doesn’t mean turning from growth.
Immelt had some final advice for leaders, which struck me as especially valuable in tough times:
Be decisive: Make decisions, including some occasions when you don’t have perfect information.