Our society has promoted the idea that the great leader is special, perhaps born to lead, or requires the highest levels of academic training. Business books and magazines often focus on dramatic examples of heroic acts or moments of truth, of the against-the-odds gamble, or of the diving catch that saves the day. This makes for dramatic writing, but I don’t buy it.
I believe that for most people it’s well within our grasp to learn how to lead and manage better. My management approach is to avoid the need for the diving catch or other heroics. Instead create an excellent culture of accountability where highly trained, skilled staff are supported and encouraged to speak up when they see or hear a problem developing. Together you will build something you’re all proud of.
- Can leaders become great through learning and experience only?
- What has made you a leader within your organization?