While checking up on the HBR blog I came across an amazing IdeaCast: The Art of Leading Well. This short audio clip features Warren Bennis, professor at the University of Southern California and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.
Key points on leadership from Warren
Two things that make a great leader:
- The capacity to build a team that is compatible – great leaders build great teams.
- Not just picking the people with the best resume but those who have the personality to work well as a team.
The three leaders Warren admires most: Daniel Vasella, Howard Schultz and Bill George.
Finally, Warren is asked to fill in the rest of this sentence: If you want to be a great leader you need to…
The understanding of being a leader more and more will depend on things that we don’t usually talk about….. The heroic act of being a truly responsible leader is….leaders who really understand sacrifice and redemption…. and thirdly, generosity and respect. And those aren’t the things we read in leadership texts most of the time. – Warren Bennis