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Saturday, March 25, 2006

“Not to alibi”

I’ve jumped ahead this March morning in my reading of The Daily Drucker, because this entry for April 11th caught my eye: The Four Competencies of a Leader.

“As the first basic competence, I would put the willingness, ability, and self-discipline to listen. Listening is not a skill; it is a discipline. Anyone can do it. All you have to do is keep your mouth shut.

The second essential competence is the willingness to communicate, to make yourself understood. That requires infinite patience.

The next important competence is not to alibi. Say: “This doesn’t work as well as it should. Let’s take it back and reengineer it.”

The last basic competence is the willingness to realize how unimportant you are compared to the task. Leaders subordinate themselves to the task. When effective leaders have the capacity to maintain their personality and individuality, even though they are totally dedicated, the task will go on after them.”

What do you think?
[The entry is found on page 113 if you have the book.]

I like the book editor’s Action Point: something to incorporate for those who practice David Allen’s Weekly Review?

“Set aside ten minutes every Friday afternoon to give yourself a weekly report card on all four skills: listening, communicating, reengineering mistakes, and subordinating your ego to the task at hand.”

Related post: “Great Leading” means what, exactly?

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