The promise of Leadership

February 5, 2016

I read this compelling excerpt from the book "Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results" by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams (Wiley, 2015), and wanted to share it with you.


The four universal promises of leadership:


1) Set the right direction and create meaningful work


2) Engage all stakeholders and hold them accountable for performance

3) Ensure that processes and systems facilitate focus and execution

4) Lead effectively—maintain relationships of trust to achieve desired results


These four promises and the level of effectiveness that they require—individually and collectively—constitute the Leadership Agenda for the organization. This Agenda needs to be held by the Top Team and led as a key strategic priority and business imperative. The performance of the business—as well as the meaning and value creation of everyone associated with the business—depends on it.


I am very interested to read how your organization is addressing these promises. Feel free to share your thoughts!

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