What’s in it for me? Learn the simple yet effective art of no-bullshit leadership.
“He’s a natural-born leader.” Sentences like this exemplify everything that’s wrong with our modern understanding of leadership. Despite what conventional wisdom might say, there are no specific personality traits that all leaders need to have. There’s no particular talent or aptitude that they always exhibit early on in their careers. And there are no special universities that you have to attend in order to become a leader.
Just like any skill, leadership is a muscle that can be strengthened by constant practice. Combine that practice with a bit of management theory, and you’re on the road to becoming a leader. As you’ll see in the blinks that follow, the philosophy behind effective leadership doesn’t involve any bullshit, gimmicks or mind games; instead, it involves a few basic principles that anyone can harness for the purpose of effectively leading a team. Who knows – after finishing these blinks, you might realize that you’ve been a leader this whole time without even knowing it!
In these blinks, you’ll discover
• what Colin Powell’s 40/70 rule is;
• how General Electric CEO Jack Welsh decided which employees he had to let go; and
• why diversity helps drive highly effective teams.