Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Missing Pieces...

When I started writing The Leadership Epidemic, I believed the reason most leadership sucked was because most leaders relied on the skills, technical skills, that got them promoted rather than developing new leadership skills.

I also believed when leaders did develop new skills, they focused on the wrong skills--personality skills rather than character skills; cheer leading rather than legitimate culture building skills.

When this deficit was coupled with a failure to Know the Machine, the result was leadership that sucks. I still believe that is true. However, I have come to believe the challenge is deeper than that. While poor skills do lead to leadership that sucks, pieces of the model are missing.

It appears that good skills and knowledge don't guarantee good leadership. Lately, I've been thinking about the missing pieces. What are your thoughts? Are good skills and knowledge enough or does good leadership take more?

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Take care and enjoy...

JWM

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