Professor Roure is an IESE Faculty, Stanford educated, and Founder of Angel Investor Network in Spain. His research and experience has focused on 7 Key Hurdles that growth companies must overcome to be successful and to grow. You can use this list as the basis for a thought provoking exercise for your leadership team.
Are you playing not to lose, or playing to win?.
Let’s cut through the huge amount of advice and literature on leadership by looking through a different lens or perspective. Yes, I always appreciate a different point of view. We all want to be more effective as leaders and managers. Most of us as often feel like we need to do something in order to fulfill our role. The truth of course is we need to empower our people to make decisions and solve problems on their own. If we can do that, then we can do the more impactful things we need to do as leaders.
A lot of people talk about how great it is to start and run a business, but only Ben Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one. His new book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs and owners as well as those aspiring to their own companies. His advice is grounded in anecdotes from his own hard-earned experience—from co-founding the early cloud service provider Loudcloud to building the successful Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm, both with fellow tech colleague Marc Andreessen (inventor of Mosaic, the Internet’s first popular Web browser).
Co-founders, family-owned businesses, and professional service firms often have this arrangement. There can only be one real head of the company, no matter what title each person has. If you are in this situation, glance through this article for some excellent insight.
Different cultures can have radically different leadership styles, and international organizations would do well to understand them. Business Insider recently published an update (posted by Gus Lubin) on British linguist Richard D. Lewis who charted these differences in his book “When Cultures Collide,” first published in 1996 and now in its third edition. From structured individualism in the U.S. to ringi-sho consensus in Japan, the charts provide us all great insight into the “how” of leadership across the globe. With permission from Lewis, Business Insider posted the 24 charts of leadership styles from his book, with a brief summary of his comments.
Being a leader is perhaps the hardest challenge any of us will ever face. No matter how long we work at it, practicing the right behaviors is a never-ending task. Knowing – and avoiding – the wrong ones is too. Thus, Jack and Suzy Welch offer the following six common leadership pitfalls.