HOW CAN ONE STRIVE TO BE A LEADER?
I continue my look at US Presidents for their leadership during their presidencies. Today, I consider James K. Polk, who was America’s 11th President. While only serving one-term, his presidency was certainly momentous. It provided one international war (albeit hemispheric); one near war and two major changes in economic policy. It also provided several lessons for the or business leader.
One of the challenges many compliance practitioners face when they move up in their careers is to move from tactical to strategic thinking. It is a requirement for any Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) to be able to think strategically as well as tactically but as you move up the corporate ladder, the strategy becomes more important. Strategic thinking is not something taught in law schools and in most business programs. Fortunately, I came across a blog post on Spin Sucks entitled, “Strategic Thinking in PR” by Gini Dietrich which laid out six steps you can take to improve this key part of your leadership toolkit.
One of the key lessons we have found in this podcast series on leadership has been that of listening. Almost every great leader had this skill. Unfortunately, at times that skill becomes a downside in an organization when the leader only hears what subordinates think he wants to hear. They can lead to a leadership failure which can have catastrophic results for the organization. This problem is one of the reasons we are currently seeing the financial trouble at GE play out on a national and international stage.