Wednesday, March 9, 2011

i-TFTD #306: Leaders Lead People

Here’s a bonus edition of i-TFTD along with a resolve to share more thought-provoking content in this coming year.

#306-1. Too many bosses use "brainstorming meetings" to conduct "blamestorms" where the goal is to point fingers, humiliate the guilty, and throw a few overboard.
-Shyamal Majumdar in his article, Are you a control freak? in Business Standard in Sep-2010

#306-2. If executives aren't making mistakes, they aren't taking enough risks.
-Anne Mulcahy, former CEO and Chair of Xerox (1952-)

#306-3. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
-John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

#306-4. If businesses managed their money as carelessly as they manage their people, most would be bankrupt.
-Ram Charan (1939-) and Bill Conaty in their book, The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers

#306-5. Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.
-Tom Peters, American management author (1942-)

#306-6. No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
-Halford E. Luccock, American Methodist minister (1885–1961)

We have discussed before the essentiality of allowing mistakes and encouraging risk-taking in the business environment. The shift from the word management to leadership in the past few decades is probably due to the recognition of the responsibility that leaders have, to focus on developing people, identifying and nurturing the next set of leaders.

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