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Value of Good Leaders

| April 10, 2012

by Jim Bruce

Earlier this year Arianna Huffington, author and syndicated columnist, spoke on the Penn State campus as part of their 2011-2012 Distinguished Speaker series.  The account of the event <> is today’s reading.

In her remarks, Huffington provided a number of leadership truisms that Gary Augustson, ITLP coach and former CIO of Penn State, urged me to share:

1.  Failure is not the opposite of success.  It’s a steppingstone to success.

2.  Things that go wrong can be the very things that open doors to make things go right.

3.  Wh have many smart people … making very bad decisions.  What is lacking is not IQ but wisdom.

4.  Leaders now are looking over their shoulder to see who is following rather than truly leading.

5.  Accept help.

6.  Know your limits.

Next time you want to take a seven or eight hour nap … remember that you’re doing it to become a better leader.

While Huffington’s remarks were titled “Politics to the Boardroom:  Fearless Leadership,” when you think about it, they really apply to all who aspire to leadership.


.  .  .  .   jim