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The Essence of Leadership

I have been fascinated with Leadership since I was a teenager. I have studied it, read about it, gone to countless workshops on it,  discussed it, created models for it, helped develop it in others and done my best to model it.

Lots of great work and research have been done on the subject and there is no shortage of theories or ideas about leadership (Just ask Amazon for a listing of Leadership books). However, I like it when authentic leaders share their insights and beliefs.


This morning I found some authentic wisdom in a New York Times article.  Here is an excerpt from that article.

Dior’s Chief Executive Describes His Leadership Style

Sidney Toledano, the 63-year-old, long-serving chief executive of Christian Dior Couture, says the most important management trait cannot be learned at business school.

“For me,” Mr. Toledano says, “a leader is someone who is, at the end of the day, making decisions. Schools, even the best ones, can teach you to apply lessons, and sometimes they give you a mathematical formula to make decisions, but it never works, because each decision is different and changes according to the situation. The only way to learn is by listening to someone else make decisions, seeing them balance rationality and intuition. Then, one day, you decide to go your own way.”

Similarly, when things go wrong, “first, I gather everyone together and identify the problem, and say, ‘This is how we will overcome it.’ ”

(You can read the full article at http://nyti.ms/1zjENTd).

Here are my take away from the article.

1. Leaders need to seek input to gain perspective. 

2. Leaders  need to make decisions to model accountability.

3. Leaders need to share their reasoning to build trust and teach others.

Doing all three of these things involves risk and can make them vulnerable.

4.  Therefore Leadership requires wisdom, confidence and courage!

Please share your thoughts on the blog.

Thank you!

PS : How are you doing with your Leadership journey? We are here to help you and your team achieve your goals and objectives. Contact Bob@PFCCgroup.com.



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my webpage 07-02-2015, 07:24

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!|

Bob 09-02-2015, 15:45

I like to take the complex and attempt to simplify it. Leadership is complex and each Leader walks his or her own path. Making decisions and getting positive results are foundational to being an effective leader. Developing your knowledge skills abilities and style to achieve this is the challenge. I would be happy to discuss your leadership journey and provide some support if you are interested.

pregnant 06-04-2015, 23:39

Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this short article together.
I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and posting comments.

But so what, it was still worth it!

Bob 07-04-2015, 00:58

Glad you found it of some value. Tell me more about your concerns about the time you spend posting and reading. I share this concern and have some new insights.

Aek 09-04-2015, 01:24

You can add up this:- Effective leadership is puttnig first things first.प्रभावी नेत्रित्व महत्त्वपूर्ण चीजों को पहले रखना होता है.Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions. बिना पहल के , लीडर महज़ एक श्रमिक है जो लीडर बन कर बैठा हुआ है.

Bob 09-04-2015, 03:37

I like to think all people are leaders.


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