More wisdom from the new book on legendary McKinsey & Co. creator Marvin Bower. Written by Elizabeth Haas Edersheim, McKinsey's Marvin Bower is chock full of leadership insight. Marvin, for example, insisted on the precise use of language because he knew how powerful the right words can be.
From a 1953 (the year I was born!) presentation, Marvin said:
In a soon-to-be-published biography and remembrance of the late Marvin Bower, the high priest of McKinsey & Co., there's a wonderful memo that should be tacked on the wall of every leader everywhere. Bower writes of admiring "first-class brains" and "good citizens in communities" but also of despising and abhorring (his words) "toadies who suck up to their bosses" and "buck-passers and people who don't tell the truth."