It is has often been said that “it all starts at the top.” The tone, and even ultimate success, of a business is set at the executive level, particularly at the level of the CEO. Just say the names Lee Iacocca, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Herb Kelleher, and Bill Gates, and the truth of “it all starts at the top” crystallizes in truth.
In an increasingly complex global economy, however, top leadership, like everything business, is changing beyond the recognition of past models. In our May edition of the FREE Leadership Guide Magazine , we present three must-read articles for those aspiring to eventually reach the top in their fields of endeavor. The first of two articles written by our Editor - Linda Hatcher - is entitled “Times of Evolving Executive Leadership: Practical Approaches” This article provides five prominent trends in top leadership. For example, there will be more emphasis on an “inside-out” development model that includes a strong emphasis on the ethical approach of “living the values.”
In a related article, “Executive Leadership Models of the Past Provide Little Guidance for Creating the Models of the Future,” we look at the state of executive leadership: “The reality today is that turnover of leaders through increased politics or ousting for ethical lapses, is increasing. This makes it difficult to achieve the kind of vision and stability needed in organizations. The article cites 10 critical competencies of the new CEO. It DOES all start at the top. That is why we must keep trumpeting that ethics is the constant that must never change, no matter what else does.
The third article, “ The Courage to Lead," is written by Fred Manske Jr., the former Senior Vice-President of Operations and Sales for FedEx and CEO of Purolator Courier Ltd. Don’t miss it!
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