In my new book, Discover Your True North, I profile Mulally and his leadership at Ford. During his seven years there, he transformed Ford from the brink of bankruptcy to an $8 billion profit. Mulally's low-key, "aw shucks" demeanor helped him connect with employees.
A great candidate would face what others ignore, boldly illuminating any self-destructive agenda that fosters investments that are driven by short-term greed, and proliferates terrorism and war based on fear. They would call for compassion and model confidence that humanity can find a course toward mutual benefit.
As you open yourself, others will open up as well, thus beginning a virtuous circle of vulnerability. Embrace those moments to share and be vulnerable. Now you have the power, and no one can take it from you.
A proven way to get ahead in your career is to take on stretch assignments. These projects can develop your skills and confidence, as well as prove to leaders that you can succeed at the next level.
As a 10-year board member of the Peter Drucker Foundation, Marshall Goldsmith had many opportunities to listen to Peter Drucker, the world's authori...
Authentic leaders constitute the vast majority of people chosen today for the key roles in business and nonprofits. Their emergence as the predominant way of leading has resulted from all we have discovered about leadership in the past decade.
Today's challenging business environment and pace of change leaves no room for mere incremental improvement year over year. Companies of every size ar...
seek diversity. Be yourself. Make your own path. But, also seek out common bonds. Look for kindred values. And create the memories you'll share for a lifetime. In the words of M. Scott Peck, "Share our similarities, celebrate our differences."
Technology connects us, but changes the nature of our relationships. We have more "friends" than ever, but lack the bonding we yearn for. These problems are multiplied for leaders.
Google's model for nurturing innovation leaders may well become the gold standard for other organizations eager to create innovation breakthroughs, without the constant pressure of shareholders for immediate results.
This true story was shared with me recently by a friend. A young lawyer worked long hours, did great work, served on firm committees and got along with clients and colleagues.
Before you take on a leadership role, ask yourself: "What motivates me to lead this organization?" If the honest answers are simply power, prestige and money, you are at risk of being trapped by external gratification as your source of fulfillment.
The Volkswagen scandal hit new lows this week when German-born Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen America, refused to acknowledge the people responsible for falsifying emissions tests on 11 million vehicles or to release essential documents.
Elijah is an inspiring example to other young people--and all of us--of resilience, grace, and the ability to beat the odds.
There was a time when leaders thought their role was to exert power over others. No longer. Today's best leaders recognize their leadership is most effective when they empower others to step up and lead.
It's the very thing that you have dreamed of and planned for, for as long as you can remember. You finally got the invite to attend the big meeting, you got the call for the job offer regarding your ideal role, or you finally got the call with the opportunity of a lifetime.