Follow The Leader

Dec. 8, 2005
How companies are led translates into how well they perform.

Becoming a leader of a company is an easier task than becoming a great leader of a company. To achieve greatness, leaders must learn from their mistakes and listen to others.

Indeed, "There is much great leadership out there, and many of the best are willing to help us understand how we can lead better as well," says Michael Useem, director for the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

For example, Keith Harrison, global product supply officer for Procter & Gamble Co., notes that leaders must seek internal and external partnerships to add value and drive moments of truth in their businesses.

While advice is easy to give, it is much harder to take. That is where great leaders excel.

Understanding that your way may not always be the right way extends to subordinates' acceptance of ideas.

Additionally, learning from others shouldn't be limited to peers in the boardroom. Leaders can learn from every employee in the workplace.

The following essays illustrate just how great leaders think. Hopefully, they will get you thinking, too.

Related Essays

Focus On Customers And Core Values, by Keith Harrison, global product supply officer, Procter & Gamble Co.
Day-To-Day Details Are Crucial, by Daniel DiMicco, vice chairman, president & CEO of Nucor Corp.

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