Why should anyone be led by you?


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This was a keynote I delivered in Estonia shortly after 9/11. It argues that if you wnt to be a leader, someone must want to follow you.

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Why should anyone be led by you?

  1. 1. Why Should Anyone Be Led By you? Sam Swaminathan Leadership in the New Millennium
  2. 2. WHAT PRICE PROGRESS? <ul><li>The age of progress might have lightened our physical load – but it has numbed our minds and taken our spirit away from work. </li></ul><ul><li>Speed and change are no longer linear or additive. </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTERNET TIME <ul><li>“ We can’t wait for evolution: three million years to grow a lung, another twenty to learn to walk upright, sixty more to grasp a spear, ten more to light a fire.” – Peter Senge </li></ul>
  4. 4. first thinking then deciding followed by a cting swiftly and finally, reflecting LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT
  5. 5. thinking – exploration deciding – evaluation/selection acting swiftly - edge reflecting – analysis/introspection All of the above are intensely intellectual activities. LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT
  6. 6. <ul><li>To become rich, I have to be miserable. </li></ul><ul><li>To be successful, I have to be unfair to my customers and employees. </li></ul><ul><li>I must dominate to win. </li></ul><ul><li>I must know everything. </li></ul><ul><li>I have to make all the decisions. </li></ul>MYTHS ABOUT LEADERSHIP
  7. 7. “ If we were to think of the leader as a storyteller, whose stories must wrestle with those that are already operative in the minds of their audience, we get a powerful way of conceptualizing the work of leading. “ It is important for leaders to know their stories, to get them straight, to communicate them effectively, and above all, to embody in their lives the stories that they tell.” Howard Gardner LEADERS ARE STORYTELLERS
  8. 8. GREAT LEADERS ARE DREAMERS “ There is always a dream in all enterprise, but the dream if it lasts, one day becomes a reality” – Jean Monnet [One Europe, One World] “ India must be able to face Britain as an equal nation, and not as a subordinate colony. India could not, and should not, remain a British possession.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  9. 9. Gandhi’s greatest contributions extended well beyond the Indian subcontinent. Through his inspired writings and his own embodiment of personal courage, he conveyed to people around the world that it is possible to resist injustice in a way that is honorable, does not involve counterattack, and may even bring about resolutions that empower all concerned. GREAT LEADERS ARE DREAMERS
  10. 10. Leaders are infinitely patient in negotiations, never accept defeat as permanent, and adhere steadily to the single progressive and inclusionary idea that animates their lives. Most human progress is owed to this belief. LEADERS ARE BELIEVERS
  11. 11. “ The best leaders have an almost magical ability to turn a phrase and articulate their agenda for the organization graphically, compellingly, memorably.” - Robert Kaplan Leadership entails exciting people’s imaginations and inspiring them to move in a desired direction. It takes more than simple power to motivate and lead. LEADERS ARE EXCITING
  12. 12. “ Don’t ever lock this door again.” Bill Hewlett - HP This does more to prize trust than any lecture. LEADERS ARE EXCITING GREAT LEADERS DON’T ARRIVE ALONE AT THE FINISH LINE
  13. 13. The ways in which leaders conduct their lives – their embodiments – must be clearly perceptible by those whom they hope to influence. People who do not practice what they preach are hypocrites, and hypocrisy mutes the effectiveness of their stories. LEADERS ARE CREDIBLE
  14. 14. LEADERSHIP CRISIS Gillette Lucent Campbell Coca-Cola Xerox Mattel P&G Michael Hawley Rick McGinn Dale Morrison Doug Ivestor Rick Thoman Jill Barad Dirk Jager
  15. 15. <ul><li>Tyranny is not leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Cruelty is not edge. </li></ul><ul><li>- Jack Welch on Leadership </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Gandhi Mandela </li></ul><ul><li>Havel Mother Teresa </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Luther King </li></ul>Change doesn’t have to start at the top. The Activist’s Rule
  17. 17. They possessed no political power, yet each disrupted history.It was passion, not power, that allowed them to do so. The Activist’s Rule
  18. 18. Leadership – The GE Way PASSION Source – Fortune 24/9/2001
  19. 19. A Leadership Development Model T3 T4 T1 T2 Low VALUES High High Low PERFORMANCE
  20. 20. <ul><li>T1 – Say goodbye now </li></ul><ul><li>T2 – Coach, give a chance </li></ul><ul><li>T3 – Tyrant. Warn – if no change, get rid </li></ul><ul><li>T4 – Make them role models </li></ul>A Leadership Development Model T3 T4 T1 T2 Low VALUES High High Low PERFORMANCE
  21. 21. <ul><li>L EARN </li></ul><ul><li>E MPATHIZE </li></ul><ul><li>A CT </li></ul><ul><li>D REAM </li></ul>WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAD
  22. 22. YOU! LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT Leadership is not something that you do. It is an expression of who you are. - Kevin Cashman
  23. 23. <ul><li>Brought to you by </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Swaminathan Center for Creative Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ccthinking.com </li></ul>HELPING YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY