I had the pleasure of doing this interview with leadership expert, John Baldoni, who is the author of the new book The Leader's Pocket Guide a few weeks ago. I've always admired his wisdom and energy. Enjoy!
In your book you note the importance of what people think, but in a way that builds a solid reputation. What’s at stake in doing this?
Thinking is good because it points us in the right direction. But when it comes to leadership, action counts. Leaders put their thinking into gear when they lead by example.
How important is critical thinking to the growth of a leader?
Leaders must often choose between two good alternatives. Critical thinking teaches leaders how to balance alternatives as well as to put things into context.
What role does hubris or arrogance play in hindering a leader from impacting their organization in a positive way?
Hubris, a Greek word, is the condition by which a leader is blind to his or her faults and often leads to living in a bubble, surrounded by yes people. This is never a good thing.
One of the last tips in the book mentions the importance of finding interests outside of work. What keeps leaders from doing this?
Time. time. time... Anyone in a leadership position needs to recharge themselves. A hobby, a trip or close associations with family and friends can do this.
In your mind, what organizations are doing the best job of developing and growing leaders?
Rather than focus on names of companies I focus on the many capable leaders in organizations large and small who are making a positive difference in the lives of their customers, employees and customers. They are legion.
JOHN BALDONI, president of Baldoni Consulting LLC, is an internationally recognized executive coach, speaker, and author. In 2011, Leadership Gurus International ranked John No. 11 on its list of the world’s top 30 leadership experts. He is a regular online contributor to CBS MoneyWatch, Inc, and Harvard Business Review.