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Avoid ‘narrowing’ as you move up

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We all know what a pyramid looks like: the higher it goes, the narrower it gets. Many of us let our path to leadership follow that pattern. The higher we go, the less connected we are to the people and processes our success is built on. We lose touch with real-world knowledge and become ineffective.

Akio Morita, the legendary head of Sony, kept his leadership wide. Consider that, in one two-month period in 1993 the 68-year-old:

  • Visited America, Spain, France and Great Britain, where he met with Queen Elizabeth II, Jack Welch and Jacques Chirac, among others.
     
  • Made four other intense business trips within Japan.

 Yet, during the same period, he also logged 17 long workdays at Sony headquarters, where he met with his team and stayed hands-on with operations.

— Adapted from “Time 100: Time Magazine’s Most Important People of the 20 th Century,” www.time.com/time/time100.

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