Innumerable words, sentences, paragraphs, articles, and books featuring an identical subject – leadership — rest on shelves.
Most appear as reworks of previous commentary. Yes, readers occasionally discover modifications — even something quite different — but rarely.
Not so with a select group of authoritative scribes who devote near-lifetimes studying men and women holding exemplary leadership positions.
Consider John C. Maxwell. He’s acclaimed as the most influential, indeed, ‘THE” leadership expert on our planet.
Dr. Maxwell deserves attention. His books, more than 25 million copies sold,should be in every leader’s library, and read thoroughly!
You might ask, “If governance is such a common topic for scribes, speakers, and seminar instructors then why are we devoting space to the ordinary? It’s a valid question, easily answered. Our specialists concentrate on executive suite contact, interaction, communication, relations, and mutual trust.
We work for, and usually with, men and women holding the ultimate in senior management positions. They represent disparate backgrounds, ages, educational levels, experiences, self-esteems, degrees of confidence, common sense, personalities, outlooks, and administrative styles.
At ForeseeNow we think historically, currently, and even into years ahead about leadership. Aside from a few athletic mentors, military commanders, political leaders along with inimitably revered persons professionals or not, we believe no single audience could be more interesting than the “duke’s mixture” we’ve enjoyed assisting!
John Maxwell reflects in his writings similar incongruences among leaders we’ve studied. He also strives to eliminate their natural flaws while strengthening their capabilities.
If any quality about good leaders caught our attention more this past half-century of observing his favorite subjects it was in 2014 when he entitled a book, “GOOD LEADERS ASK GREAT QUESTIONS.” Don’t just read it, reread it! Own it. Keep your volume nearby.
Fret Not About Over-Inquiring
Asking great questions hits the apogee among immeasurable requisites needed in leadership. Fundamentals begin with integrity . . . the right purpose, attitude, people around you, and dedication to mission entrusted in you.
Inquiring clarifies. Inquiring helps avoid confusion, misunderstanding. Asking great questions probes intensely into whatever issue confronts you.
As we consider past, present and future leaders we evaluate who most impressed us, who now is earning our respect, and who might definitely merit positive attention subsequently (yep, always placing value on Foreseeability).
We claim no particular secret or mysterious methodology when we 1) list our dozen preferences in grading leaders, and 2) offer our best opinions regarding those yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Admittedly, we incorporate experiences with clients as well as with other individuals in various leadership positions we have been fortunate to know since our founding in 1968.
Some won’t have advantages from widespread identity, but they deserve mention — perhaps in a special category?
One man on our list-of-the-very-best is Lee Iacocca. Amid multiple requests for his leadership, Lee succeeded constantly against enormous odds. He did so with pure honesty and openness.
Naming a lady is equally as easy – former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. Brilliant, she led with dignity, courage, and insightfulness.
Like Mr. Iacocca’s, Lady Thatcher’s profound love and respect for the United States remains a distinct tribute.
Here’s hoping your appetite has been whetted to think with us. Who are your preferences?
Hearing from you constitues a valued gift, appreciated sincerely. In this regard, what in your opinion constitutes a great leader?