Defining leadership is as difficult today as it always has been - leaders come in many different forms, and the qualities associated with great generals, dignitaries, and directors are multitude and more to the point, subjective. For those seeking illumination, there's an abundance of management literature, advice, and case studies out there. However, there are certain traits and qualities that have served me well in my thirty-year career at DHL Express.
My colleagues often ask why I use Twitter so often. There is a belief amongst those who do not really use it that everyone is just broadcasting the details of their breakfast, or which train they are waiting for. This is a misconception.
When talking with CEO's I'm constantly bemused about the lack of urgency in making key business decisions. They appear so laid back in saying 'yes' or 'no' preferring to sit on the fence with 'don't know' whilst the world, and opportunity, passes them by. In a crisis economy, which is here to stay for some time, why is this and what is the cost?