HOW CAN ONE STRIVE TO BE A LEADER?
In this episode, I consider what are the leadership lessons from businessman Donald Trump. He has been called a ‘narcissistic’ manager. What are the implications of such a leadership style? How does this differ from ‘command and control’ as practiced by Steve Jobs? What are the downsides for your company, your employees and your shareholders from such a leadership style?
Sometimes management must effect a culture shift in order to move a company forward. Paula Kerger, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has identified cultural change as the “biggest challenge for leaders, and it’s also the thing that will kill you if you can’t figure out how to manage what is clearly a shifting landscape, and get people moving along that path and not be stuck.” If your senior management is not committed to such change, the message will not make its way down to the troops in the field.
As a news anchor for CNN, Soledad O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Starfish Media Group found herself working for five different news presidents in six years. In this midst of this management chaos, she related that television news anchors are really about managing ideas. Any leader who has to work under multiple or even chaotic management could do well to take this lesson to heart. I found this to be a great insight for any leader, that you manage the idea of doing business ethically and in compliance with laws. If you think about the concepts that you have to push down into the business units, it becomes clearer that you are selling ideas to those in the business units who will implement them as business processes. Further, just as a news anchor must communicate ideas through the medium of television, a leader must communicate via the medium provided by the company. How are you going to manage those ideas?