Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rudy Giuliani on Leadership: Team Building

Leadership wisdom from America's Mayor:

Surround Yourself With Great People:

  • When hiring, I would no more refuse the best person because of a relationship than I would hire the worst person because of a relationship (don't show favoritism in hiring, but don't reject the best candidate just to prevent the appearance of favoritism).
Analyze Strengths and Weaknesses:

  • The first part of choosing great people is to analyze your own strengths and weaknesses. The goal is to balance your weaknesses with the strenghts of others, then to evaluate the team overall.
  • Establishing a dynamic that brings out the best in each player is one of the toughest facets of leadership.
Learn From Great Teams:

  • Successful sports teams are never built on only one person. Even transcendent stars like Michael Jordan or Babe Ruth need strong supporting casts -- and the proof that they're true leaders is that those other players were better around Jordan or Ruth than they would have been otherwise.
  • Battle experience is invaluable, and difficult to replicate. It's tough to know in advance whether those around you will handle pressure.
  • You can't totally predict who will get along and who will work well together. Sometimes very different people will form a harmonious unit, while those with a lot in common can't be in a room together.
  • Matching the person to the job is not only a matter of what position is right for them, but also what is right for you.
  • Don't allow someone's alleged strengths to decide how you use him or her.

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