Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thought leaders in management and leadership
Out of the many in the field I have chosen five thought leaders and some of their beliefs that provide me with food for thought and with inspiration. I hope they have a similar effect on you.
- Listen first, speak last.
- To ask “What can I contribute” is to look for the unused potential.
- Inspiring and successful leaders are curious folks and lifelong learners. They pay attention to people and focus on opportunities, possibilities, and strengths.
- Reality is made up of circles, but we see straight lines.
- In the new view of leadership and in a learning organization leaders are designers, stewards, and teachers as opposed to the traditional view of leaders as special people who set the direction, make the key decisions, and energize the troops, based on the assumption of the powerlessness of people, their lack of personal vision, and their inability to master the forces of change.
- The essence of mastering systems thinking as a management discipline lies in seeing patterns where others only see events and forces to react to.
- Successful businesses strategies result not from rigorous analysis but from a particular state of mind, with a sense of mission and a constant drive for achievement with a creative and an intuitive thought process rather than a rational one.
- Analyses done for the sake of vindicating one’s own preconceived notions do not lead to creative solutions.
- Sensitivity, will, and receptiveness are necessary ingredients for creativity.
- Excellence is the result of many small tasks, all of which can be practiced and mastered.
- The key to leadership is the effective communication of a story. Looking for things that went right, and building on them, as opposed to looking for things that went wrong and trying to fix them.
- Start with researching you own character, your beliefs and thoughts, and your motives rather than focusing on the ‘problems’ as they present themselves, or seem to present themselves.
- Seek to understand first, then to be understood.