With top executives heavily criticized for their hand in the economic downturn, those still in leaderships positions are now charged with saving their companies. They even have to come out of this recession much stronger and more resilient. Business advisor Ram Charan details exactly how to do this in his latest book, Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules for Getting the Right Things Done in Difficult Times.
Business author and consultant Ram Charan lists the qualities successful leaders possess in Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform From Those Who Don't. Here we provide a summary of what Charan says good leaders do.
Ram Charan, a noted expert on business strategy and coauthor of Execution and the author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and many other books, has a new book out titled, Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform From Those Who Don't. In a section of the book, "Judgment and Strength of a Leader," Charan says:
"You can tell a man is clever by his answers. You can tell a man is wise by his questions." — Naguib Mahfouz (1911- ) Egyptian novelist, Nobel Prize Laureate
Solutions to tough challenges start with powerful questions. Powerful questions have the ability to shake people out of stale ways of thinking and critically reflect on faulty assumptions. Wise leaders know this. And as a result, they don't give people answers. Rather, they challenge them to reflect on evocative questions so that they can find the best answers on their own.
Ram Charan lives nowhere and goes everywhere, consulting for the largest and most powerful companies seven days a week, 365 days a year. Work is all he does, and all he wants to do. But even more than his dedication, it's his insights that have won him the ear of hundreds of top managers. Find out why.