It is one thing to be professorial and quite another indeed to be a man or woman of integrity. Statesman like qualities ultimately on the exterior are lauded. Quietly, they are however in subdued halls of friends who mask their disdain, hollow victories. Leadership isn’t merely the improvement of a balance sheet. It isn’t the satiation of top shareholders. Those things are important.
But ….. what last are those thing for which man or woman sacrifices for doing the right things. If there was ever a person in conflict with leadership’s moral compass it would be Newt Gingrich.
Here is an article by conservative Newt Gingrich on the influence of Peter Drucker. What amazed me over the years is the sheer number of ‘successful” people who misconstrue leadership with becoming rather than being. Leadership is behavioral. meaning the outward expression of what is within. The ONLY person I know who consistently walked the talk was Covey. Of course he did not successfully implement the ideas into his own company.
Too many of our business schools, academic centers, media moguls, and government leaders still rely on the Keynesian command-and-control bureaucratic model. They rely on almost nothing of Drucker and even less of the Austrian school and, as a result, routinely apply the wrong principles to structuring education, training, health care, and our role in international trade. Again and again they reject the marketplace. They reject the principles of management. They reject the essence of entrepreneurship. They reject the heart of Drucker and apply instead patterns and behaviors that simply don’t work.[…] via Newt Gingrich: When Peter Drucker Speaks | Inc.com.
Drucker is praised as a great management thinker. It is true Jack welch and his predecessor sought advice from Drucker. So did Rick Warren for his “Purpose driven life.” Personally I take little solace in Drucker. He admitted that his theories were just that. he said he had never managed anyone. Never led an organization. Hence, I have more respect for those who are bloodied in the arena than academics who had their chance to observe and adpat their thinking on the backs of those who dared to attempt. Jim
Jim Woods is President of The InnoThink Group a boutique management consulting firm located in Colorado Springs, CO providing leadership development training for small business, Fortune 500 and government since 1987. Our executive leadership development programs are recognized as an impetus for improving workplace learning, innovation, productivity, performance, and leadership education.