It’s interesting to note that it’s apparently fashionable to regard leadership as glamorous. Maybe that’s the reason most people regard themselves as leaders?
Seems that the fact that leaders are human beings and hence not perfect has been forgotten. Harvard Business School experts held an interesting symposium where they discussed the worst mistakes leaders make. Devote 7 minutes to watch and then let us know if you agree with them.
The following experts participate:
Bill George, Professor, Harvard Business School and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic
Evan Wittenberg, Head of Global Leadership Development, Google, Inc.
Dr. Ellen Langer, Professor, Harvard University
Andrew Pettigrew, Professor, Sïad Business School, University of Oxford
Gianpiero Petriglieri, Affiliate Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD
Carl Sloane, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
Jonathan Doochin, Leadership Institute at Harvard College
Scott Snook, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School and retired Colonel, US Army Corps of Engineers
Daisy Wademan Dowling, Executive Director, Leadership Development at Morgan Stanley
Who, in your opinion, pinpoints the worst mistake a leader can make? Or maybe you agree with more than one of the participants? Or with all of them? Is there anything you would like to add? Will future leaders have a higher success rate if they avoid those mistakes? Do you think it’s glamorous to be a leader? If so, what aspects are glamorous? Are leaders that make huge mistakes and get bad press still glamorous? Or does glamour exit the minute a leader becomes infamous?
Video: Harvard – Picture: Vinoth Chandar