Week 1 of 52: Drucker Mondays. Welcome to Drucker Mondays, a 52-week journey through the new book, A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness, by Joseph A. Maciariello. Each Monday, we'll feature a Drucker fan and his or her favorite snippet from that week's topic. Click here to subscribe.
Week 1: Developing Leaders, Not Functionaries - What Charmers and Dead Mackerels Have in Common
FROM THE BOOK: “In Week 1, we begin with a consultation Drucker had in early 2002 with senior executives of World Vision International. His subject was ‘What Do Effective Leaders Do to Create High-Performing Organizations?’”
JOHN PEARSON'S FAVORITE DRUCKER INSIGHTS from Week 1, pages 4 to 8:
• “The only definition of a leader is someone with followers.”
• “When you do it, do it your way, what works for you. Do not try to be anybody else.”
• “Leadership is an achievement of trust."
“No two leaders are alike,” Peter Drucker said. “Some are very gregarious, some are very aloof, some are charmers, and others are like dead mackerel. Some are communicators, and some praise, and others many never praise. They all have two things in common: they get things done, and you can trust them.”
JOHN’s color commentary:
Joseph Maciariello, the author of this 52-week coaching gem, asks in his “Practicum-Prompts” for Week 1, “Are you developing leaders in your organization, or are you developing bureaucratic, rule-following functionaries?”
Let’s be honest. Many of us prefer the rule-followers. Perhaps…an over-reliance on rules indicates a culture thin on trust.
THIS WEEK’S QUOTES & COMMENTARY BY: John Pearson, a board governance and management consultant and is author of Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit.
GUEST WRITERS: If you’d enjoy blessing your colleagues as a guest writer, buy the book and then email John Pearson for a list of open slots in 2015. Columns are due two weeks in advance of the publication date.
Catch someone in the act of developing a leader—and celebrate the moment with a generous Starbucks gift card!
Color Commentary by: Mike Pate, Executive Director of Camping, Transformation Ministries (California and Arizona)