Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

The Challenge of Leading Professionals

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

The following passages are from the book Leading Professionals, Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas –  by Laura Empson:

Many professionals have no ambition to become leaders, and they are equally reluctant to view themselves as followers.

“Compared to a corporate, we need a softer style of leadership, you know, arm round the shoulder, gently nudging people in the right direction.” – Senior Partner, Consulting Firm

In such a context, where authority is contingent and power is contested, leadership is a matter of guiding, nudging, and persuading. So, what can the so-called leaders of professional organizations do with the highly driven, highly demanding, and sometimes highly insecure prima donnas for who they are responsible?

Any of this sound like your partner group? It all sounds very familiar to me!

  • "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things."
  • Ronald Reagan

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