Fast Friday with Ralph Nader, author and activist

Posted April 15, 2011 in Latest News & Insights

I’ve been hearing stories lately about recently retired leaders that made me shake my head.  These former CEO’s were complete “command and control” autocrats who, despite terrorizing their teams, delivered results year after year.  They enjoyed crowing about how well their business was doing and, for years, had the “so called” track record that seemed to merit the various accolades they got.  Then they retired and those left behind now find themselves not knowing how to make decisions or think for themselves.  The businesses are stalling as a result.  Which leads me to today’s quote of the week, by the always direct and outspoken US activist Ralph Nader:

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Your real success as a leader will ultimately be measured by the legacy you leave behind.  If you’re bright, talented, driven and results-oriented… frankly, it’s fairly easy to look like a superstar through your own efforts.

Real leadership is how well you’re able to transfer those skills, abilities and attitudes to the people who work with you.

How are you growing your team of leaders?  What can you do to make sure that, after you move on, the team can continue to drive forward?

Happy leading!

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