“Leadership without Ego” gems — Week II

Here are the second five little exceprts from Leadership without Ego by B. Davids, B. Carney & I. Getz (Palgrave MacMillan) in print Jan 2019.

“If I stack a chain on the table and then push it, what direction will it go? The correct answer is, ‘I do not know.’ If I pull the end of the chain which way will it go? It will follow you.” General Dwight Eisenhower.

“Micromanagement sends the message to the people that they are idiots. And as long as you think they are idiots, they will be idiots. In fact, you’re making them idiots. The people that go out and make you money, you think they’re idiots. Why do you keep them if they’re idiots?”

“If you think you’re special, you are not. You can be more educated or more talented but you aren’t more special. In order to collaborate and make decisions together as a team, we need to be on an equal footing with each other. That’s the only way, everyone will trust one another.”

“I see so many people who, when they were given the opportunity to receive power, they took it. They have a special office, a special desk, a special car. That’s the road to evil. When you apply a different standard to yourself from the people you’re leading, then you are no longer a leader.”

“Vice-Presidents are fun killers. They can be an obstacle to a great culture because they think they can ‘manage’ morale. In reality, it is the CEO, who controls morale. The VPs add a layer of management that insulates the CEO from the people”.

“Leadership without Ego” gems — Week I

Here are the first five little exceprts from Leadership without Ego by B. Davids, B. Carney & I. Getz (Palgrave MacMillan) in print Jan 2019.

“The biggest shortage in the world is not oil or food—it’s leadership without ego.”

“A superior skill-set makes you better in that discipline. It doesn’t make you any better as a human being, superior to others. The more unique your skill set, the more subordinate you must become. Don’t let your ego grow on account of your superior skills.”

“Leadership is not authority. You can be the owner, chairman, or even CEO and not be a leader. Conversely, a supervisor or foreman can be a leader. It’s not authority that makes a leader, it’s whether people want to follow.”

“Management is controlling the things you can. There are only three things that you can control in business: time, money, and quality. Note that there is no mention of people. You can’t control people, you can only lead.

“Decisions need to be pushed down to lowest level possible. A poorly led company allows decisions to go up to the next management level. Eventually, the CEO winds up swamped and ineffective.”