Executive Leadership

In some ways, Coretta Scott King fit the ideal of a traditional wife and mother. Former
U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young remembers when he was an aide to her
husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights leader
would bring home 15 people. “She’d get up and cook breakfast and never make a fuss,”Young says of Mrs. King. “I never heard her complain about anything.” But reminiscences like that hide the woman’s true leadership.

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In the years that she dominated women’s tennis, Chris “Chrissie” Evert was seen as feminine, a darling of the tour. On the tour, though, Evert was known as the “Ice Maiden.” With a steely
determination never to lose, it was her killer instincts that kept Evert at the top.

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Ensure that you’re hewing closely to your core leadership strengths by
taking mental snapshots of yourself at random times during the day.

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Build your résumé by searching under your name on popular search engines

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Don’t trust easy answers. The best response to a troubling question is often another question … or lots of them.

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Keep your team’s production high by determining why you’ve stopped assigning important projects to certain people.

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Make your job easier by finding out what personal and professional goals drive your people.

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The beauty of no-fault auto insurance is that everybody shoulders some
of the responsibility and takes care of their own damage. Nobody wastes
time pointing fingers. Nobody has to hire lawyers or sue. They exchange information, file claims and what’s broken is fixed. The same goes for leading any enterprise.

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Induce people to buy into a detailed plan by boiling it down into digestible bits. Here’s how:

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Conventional wisdom holds that most leaders were “C” students. If
that’s true, then they should pay attention to what the “A” students
are saying.

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