Miller’s Monday Morning Message

Andrew MillerMiller’s Monday Morning Message
presented by ACM Consulting Inc.Andrew Miller on operational excellence, strategy, life balance and everything in between

Toronto – April 14, 2014
The passing of the former Federal Finance Minister this past week led us all to reminisce about what a great person and what a great leader Jim Flaherty was. It also caused me to reflect on why so many people enjoyed working with him and how he acted as a leader. Here are some reasons why he, and many other great leaders, are able to be successful, regardless of where they are in an organization:
  • He was well-respected. Too many leaders worry about being liked instead of respected. Jim Flaherty was also well-liked, but it’s the respect he earned from others that allowed him to achieve great things, and this included respect from members of the opposition.
  • He was passionate. There was never a question about his devotion to the country and what he was trying to achieve. It’s obvious to others when a leader is not passionate about what they are trying to accomplish, and no one will follow someone who is just going through the motions.
  • He had a clear goal. He had a consistent vision to balance Canada’s budget and everything he did was to help accomplish that goal. Too many leaders don’t have a clear priority that they can focus on.

Most leaders are too focused on being liked or don’t have the ability to let go of control, so it hinders the development of the people below them and limits the results they can achieve. What will be your leadership legacy?

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