Nonsense At Work

The key aspect of leadership:

What is the key aspect of leadership?  I bet we could come up with a bucket full of words, like visionary, inspiring, commanding, and so on.  Yes, these attributes are necessary for effective leadership.

But is there one aspect that is critical above all others?

I think so.  It is the ability to see the overall picture.  Not only to see it, but to understand it, to make sense of it and to share it in a way that enables others to act appropriately.

That’s why I prefer my leaders at the top of the organizational pyramid.  The higher the pyramid, the better the view.

But be warned.  Being on top means that you had better stay on top of things because others depend on your view of the bigger picture.  Never forget that you are up there because you are standing on their supporting shoulders.  Let them down and they will let you down, hard.

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  • John Agno

    Blinded by CEO Disease at the top of the pyramid?

    Engaging in straight talk with those who lead Corporate America is a rare occurrence.

    C-level executives tend to be isolated from their corporate stakeholders because most of the information they receive is filtered by subordinates, suppliers, and consultants.

    "CEO disease" is a term used to describe the isolation that envelops a leader when subordinates become reluctant to disclose bad news or worst-case scenarios that might trigger a shoot-the-messenger response.

    However, that is beginning to change as c-level executives seek a cure for "CEO disease" by participating in interactive conversations through their personal blogs. Blogs are personal. They humanize the Web and keep CEOs in touch with what’s going on out in the world. People feel they can really have a conversation with someone who has a blog.