Shorts: Bill Taylor on the ideas of power and leadership

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Read Bill Taylor’s HBR.org post: Where Have all the Business Heroes Gone?

A very short excerpt:

Here’s why: So much of the way so many of us think about business remains rooted in the logic of power. How big has a company become under its hard-charging CEO? How much wealth have its shareholders amassed as a result of strategic calculations made in the corner office? But as my friend and publishing-industry legend Harriet Rubin likes to say, and as I’ve written before on this blog, “Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you control. Freedom is about what you unleash.”

Very nicely written. Some might say – inspiring!

Reminded me of this post, in which I wrote:

First, the assumption that there is only one way. Maybe, for some companies and in certain situations, the flamboyant visionaries are the best fit as CEO’s. But not in every situation. Some companies need the quiet leadership behind the scene, the steady hand that improves and creates processes that lead to growth and innovation. Taylor’s choice of the historic Great Man Theory seems appropriate. It too claimed that only certain people are fit for leadership roles. We know today that this attitude was plain wrong.

I find Taylor’s post to be especially strong and important in comparison to the post which appeared next it in my HBR.org RSS feed.  Jeffrey Pfeffer‘s post: Why the Powerful Can Be So Rude. I will leave it up to you to compare and contrast. I will say one thing – I don’t think the end justifies the means.

Elad

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