This insight comes from Managing the Oval Office by David Rothkopf (David Rothkopf is the chief executive of the FP Group, the publisher of Foreign Policy magazine, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). In this piece from the New York Times Sunday Review, a rather “less-than-enthusiastic” take on President Obama’s leadership, we find a really great, truly accurate summary of the tasks of effective leadership:
Here’s the quote:
“Selecting a diverse team, creating a system in which ideas surface, listening to those ideas and then empowering others to put them into action are the cornerstones of good management — and of effective leadership.”
And here, listed, are the four tasks.
Task 1: Select a diverse team.
Task 2: Create a system in which ideas surface.
Task 3: Listen to those ideas, and then
Task 4: Empower others to put them into action.
So, if you are in a position of leadership, it’s time to do a little self-analysis. How are you doing on these four?
And if you work for a leader, you might want to share this article.
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