Practice Principled Leadership

On Leadership

Considering what I have consistently seen over the years, I am confident that leadership training in corporate America is rarely effective.  It inevitably focuses on ‘what’ leaders do – planning, budgeting, monitoring, deciding and communicating – rather than what leaders ‘are.’  Since Skilling was probably an effective manager, ‘what’ leaders do is not enough.

Leaders are men and women of intelligence and character.  They grasp concepts, understand the relevance of facts and are adept at distilling information to produce solutions to complicated problems. They thereby inspire confidence, loyalty and respect.  They value the truth and, more importantly, have the moral courage to act when required.

It is these traits that truly distinguishes the leader from the pretender.

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