How to Spot a Real Leader and an Impostor (part 2)

The new family in the neighborhood overslept and the six-year-old daughter missed her school bus. The father, though late for work, agreed to drive her if she’d direct him. They rode several blocks before she told him to turn the first time, and several blocks later she indicated another turn. This went on for 20 minutes — yet when they …

How to Spot a Real Leader and an Impostor

For years, we’ve been promoting people in organizations to positions of leadership because they have one of two things going for them. They have been around for a while or they were good at their previous job. Little or no consideration is given to their demonstrated leadership ability. And to make things worse, many of those same organizations give those …

How to be a Tuned-in Leader (part 2)

A young, successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed …