"Unless we change our mindset, in the next 100 years one of two things will most likely happen: Human species will bring planet earth to its knees, or planet earth will bring the human species to its knees. In both cases we are f...."
The "Greatest CEOs" seek to continuously outperform themselves not others by:
- Learning about their psychological hungers, blind spots, biases, motives and drivers.
- Formulating a sense of noble purpose for their lives.
- Developing their ability to create, improvise and adapt.
- Reminding themselves that their lives are not a journey to grow their egos, but to add value to other people's lives.
The primary role of a CEO is to make sure that every employee understands and appreciates the purpose of the organisation.
The second role of the CEO is to make sure that there is a smart, clear and adaptive strategy to fulfill that purpose.
The third role of the CEO is to make sure that the execution of the strategy is to the highest standards.
The fourth role of the CEO is to create a culture where the first three roles happen with his or her minimum intervention so that he/she has ample time to spend with customers and to imagine the future.
"Care is the driving force of leadership." - Michael Kouly
The core of leadership is care.
It is care that will make you accept the sacrifices that are required to mobilize people.
LEADING THE PACK:
WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Are leaders made or are they born? What makes a truly inspiring manager, executive, CEO or politician? What is needed to create a healthy work environment? As President and Founder of the Beirut-based and world-renowned Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership, Michael Kouly is singularly well-placed to address the issues at the heart of leadership. Some of his answers may even surprise you.
How Focused are you?
A primary task of leadership is to direct one's attention towards the tasks and challenges at hand. Keeping the system focused on purpose and channeling people's efforts to deal with their real adaptive issues automatically create resistance and avoidance. Unless managers learn to focus their own attention, they will fail to catch that of groups they are leading.
It would be safe to bet that hardly a day passes without you, the readers of this article, having an encounter with the word “Leadership”. The term Leadership has been rapidly expanding since the turn of the century as a popular “buzz” word. The heavy commercialization of the word, however, is distorting the public’s understanding of its core meaning and is misleading people.