Saturday, January 26, 2008

Rudy On Leadership: Hiring & Motivating

Thoughts on Leadership from America's Mayor:

  • A person's resume won't tell you the full story.
  • A leader must have confidence in his own decision-making about people. He has to know he'll make the right decision eight or nine times out of ten, and be willing to accept responsibility for getting it wrong a few times.
  • No matter how much success a leader has in hiring, it is still necessary to stoke the fires.
  • Continued competition is one reason why a certain amount of turnover is a good thing.
  • Allowing employees to encounter challenges on a regular basis accomplishes two important goals. First, it provides experience -- employees who are exposed to challenges and allowed to use their heads to respond to them become better at it. Second, regular challenge invigorates the staff.
  • Morale isn't an end in itself, it's designed to create better performance. It can't be an afterthought -- it has to be central to everything you do as a leader.
Now that Fred Thompson is out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, and I've thrown my support to Rudy Giuliani, I'm finding this book Leadership by Rudy Giuliani even more interesting. I'm finding that the Management and Leadership tactics and techniques that he describes in the book -- those that helped him to successfully lead the largest city in our country through the greatest tragedy of our time -- are sound business skills that can (and should) be used not only in my own daily Management job, but also in the highest office in the land.

If you have any doubts whatsoever that Rudy Giuliani is the most qualified current Presidential hopeful, I strongly urge you to read this book. For more excerpts from the book, take a look here.


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