Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 26JUL10

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: leadership

Silicon Valley recently lost one of its most successful CEOs: Father Paul Locatelli, past President of Santa Clara University, a Jesuit university and my alma mater.

John Baldoni introduced me to a book called Heroic Leadership subtitled “Best Practices of a 450-Year Old Company That Changed the World” written by Chris Lowney, the story of what “16th century priests can teach 21st century sophisticates.” Chris writes:

“But the stereotype of top-down, immediate, all-transforming leadership is not the solution; it’s the problem. If only those positioned to lead large teams are leaders, all the rest must be followers. And those labeled followers will inevitably act as followers, sapped of energy and drive to seize their own leadership chances.

The Jesuit model explodes the ‘one great man’ model for the simple reason that everyone has influence, and everyone projects influence—good or bad, large or small—all the time. A leader seizes all of the available opportunities to influence and make an impact. Circumstances will present a few people with world-changing, defining moment opportunities; most will enjoy no such big time opportunities in their lifetime. Still leadership is not defined by the scale of the opportunity but by the quality of the response.”

The notion that everyone is a leader can help your company thrive.

Read more about the attributes that made Father Locatelli so successful here in my Fast Company article.

Thought for the week:

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and your find yourself in a great, wonderful world.”  – Patanjali

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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