I read quite a bit. All different sources: business articles, news, social commentary, fiction, non-fiction and more. Sometimes, if I come across something very insightful, I will file it away until I am inspired to write about the topic. When reviewing my file of article ideas, I found the following excerpt from an interview with a well-known executive. Unfortunately, I do not have the name of the speaker or the source of the article but I can share the following leadership tenants.
“1) Native Intelligence: I find that very few people without a natural aptitude in their chosen field become truly extraordinary.
2) Integrity: It is very important. It’s all about reputation.
3) Ability to effectively deal with people: Some MBA schools may be misdirecting graduates. Though numbers and reports are important, the objectives are still achieved by people. A successful executive needs to be able to lead people to productivity.
4) Passion for what you are doing: This really is the catalyst for points 1 thru 3. Everything a leader does permeates the organization. The Portuguese have a saying: “Fish rot, starts at the head.” Meaning, the leadership sets the tone for the body of an organization.”
Categories: Professional Development