Leadership Excellence

Extract: Nearly 10 years ago in our research we asked executives the question “Why should anyone be led by you?” It created a stir then and has silenced countless rooms as we have continued our work with hundreds of leaders and organisations.

Now, as then, leader-heroes make headlines. Executives at all levels try to follow prescriptive recipes for imitating Jack Welch, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson or even, as we write, Barak Obama. What’s the problem with this approach? It’s all about leaders, not leadership. Well-intentioned executives worldwide are obsessed with only one half of the equation. They overlook the fact that leadership is a relationship. Without followers it doesn’t exist. This is an important distinction. Great leadership exites people to exceptional performance.