Posted in Leadership on Jan 28, 2017
Leadership is, by definition, a process of transition. None of us is born to be a leader. Those who are leaders have become leaders through change, and it is a very difficult and unnatural process. A lot of this process involves learning, through repeatedly asking and answering the question, “what does a leader do?”
As a first-time CEO, I ask this question of other CEOs again and again, and write down their answers. I also find food for thought in blogs and books. As you might expect, answers from different CEOs differ a lot, but they have similarities.
Here are compilations of leadership advice from several CEOs.
For more detail, please read Marten’s original article.
Giving feedback turns out to be the unnatural atomic building block atop which the unnatural skill set of management gets built… Here are the keys to being effective:
For details, please read Ben’s book The Hard Thing About Hard Things or this blog post.
Andy Grove was the CEO of Intel and the author of High Output Management. In his view, the only tools a manager can use to influence is training and motivation.
David is the CEO of Aktana. In David’s view, as a CEO if you’re doing anything other than one of the following four activities, you’re likely getting in the way more than adding value:
If you’re doing anything other than these things, then by definition you haven’t done these things well. For example, if you’re making a decision about a department or team’s work, then you haven’t hired the right executives or given them an adequate understanding of the vision. If you’re jumping in and helping with their work, then either you don’t have the right people in the right jobs or they don’t have the resources they need.
I haven’t gotten permission from this CEO yet so he will remain anonymous for now. Being a leader, according to this CEO, consists of:
When all of these things fall into place, there’s a sense of ease and lack of friction, like running downhill.
Brad is my CEO coach. In his words:
There are a few, simple, underlying truths of leadership. But, just like a diet, you must develop the discipline to make sure that you follow them in order to be successful. Here are those simple, yet hard to stick to leadership tenets:
For more, read his blog post.
Tom’s blog is among those that have been most valuable to me. This blog is not specifically about his view as a leader, as much as a commentary on how many different styles of leadership there are. Recognizing this, it becomes apparent that what’s important is to lead in a way that’s true to who you are:
The cornerstone of great leadership is authenticity. Leaders ask us to believe, to give more, to sacrifice. To trust a leader, his or her leadership must be genuine, a true reflection of their strengths, values and culture. Leaders can engender that trust in many different ways, leading from the front or the back, provided their authenticity is apparent.