HOW CAN ONE STRIVE TO BE A LEADER?
In this episode I discuss knowing the limitations of your own self-reliance. Many leaders in the corporate world work long and hard to rise up to the senior management level in their organizations. It takes subject matter expertise, hard work and sometime propitious good fortune to get to the C-Suite level in a large company. However, many of the skills which work to get you there do not always serve you in a senior management roll.
In this episode, I consider the difference between keeping your eyes on the road as opposed to continually watching the windshield wipers. For many business leaders, it is difficult to maintain focus on the larger strategic picture, in the light of day-to-day tactical issues. This idea was one of the concepts explored in by Adam Bryant in the New York Times (NYT) Corner Office column, where he profiled Mike Tuchen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the software vendor Talend, in a piece entitled “Watch the Road, Not the Wipers”. I found the article had some very useful tips for any business leader to help keep your eyes on the road and the bigger picture of strategic, rather than tactical control.
In this episode I consider art of group decision making. I do so in the context of an article in the Financial Times (FT) about its Business Book of the Year Award judging competition by Andrew Hill, in his On management column. I look at the need for business leaders to be able to navigate through a series of negotiations. Knowing when to push, when to stay quiet, when to cede and when to ally are all key skills at any corporate negotiation.