|Do You Have the Will to Lead?|
|Key Words||leadership, philosophy|
Peter Koestenbaum has degrees
in philosophy, physics, and theology from Stanford, Harvard and Boston
University. He consults with companies across the globe on leadership
- from one-on-one to large seminars. He believes that change is the business
world's biggest and most persistent challenge, but too many people treat
it as a technical challenge rather than by developing authentic answers
to basic questions about business life. In this article, he answers the
His answers are based on the premise that the more you understand the human condition, the more effective you are as a businessperson. For example, he states that "every business interaction is a form of confrontation - a clash of priorities, a struggle of dignities, a battle of beliefs." Tough choices are a daily part of business, and stress and guilt are natural byproducts of that. Managing the polarity teaches us that there are no solutions, only changes of attitude.
The best leaders operate in four dimensions: vision, reality, ethics, and courage. Most of the time, leaders operate on two dimensions at most, usually reality and ethics. Vision and courage are rarely practiced.
A key challenge for a leader is to get others to take responsibility for their choices, even though you are responsible for the fate of the organization, which is impacted by those choices.
|Source||Polly LaBarre, "Do You Have the Will to Lead?," Fast Company March, 2000, p. 222.|
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