TRANSITIONING TO LEADERSHIP
Many CEOS and coaches give their definitions of leadership, and there are many similarities. I pass on this one from the Corner Office column in the New York Times Sunday Business section (1/6/13) from an interview with G. J. Hart, CEO and president of California Pizza Kitchen.
- Be the best you can be, including honest about your good and bad qualities and things to improve.
- Dream big. Stretch or you don’t get started, even if you never get there, it’s a motivation.
- Lead with your heart first, showing your compassion.
- Trust the people you lead. Let go when appropriate. Allow others to grow. Leaders pick people back up if they fall down.
- Do the right thing, always, including giving a second chance to people you believe in.
- Serve the people you lead. Put the cause before yourself, and be willing to see it through.
Hart says #4 is often the hardest for young people. It takes time to build confidence in yourself and get over the insecurity that may come from lack of experience as a manager or leader.
What do you think of these steps or principles? Do they resonate with you? What would you add or subtract?
Phyllis Weiss Haserot www.pdcounsel.com