Staying true never goes out of style

Driving to work is a drag because it seems like such a waste of precious time. Probably the only advantage for me of having to commute to the office or to a client site is being given the opportunity to listen to one or the other of two specific programs on CBC radio (The Current, and Q).  On my way in today, The Current included an interview with Rick Hillier, former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian forces, on the topic of leadership, which is also the topic of his 2010 book, Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom For Today’s Leaders.  I had heard him speak in the past in small snippets about the various engagements our forces were in around the globe and even if I disagreed with the involvement, I always admired his forthrightness, his willingness and ability to be clear and frank. 

Today’s CBC interview provided a classic example of his direct manner and specifically in how he answered the interviewer’s question about what he felt were the differences between good military and good civilian leaders.  Rick said, “There is no difference. Whether the stripes are on the shoulder of the uniform or in pins throughout the suit” (or something awfully close to that cleverness), “the answer is the same.  It’s about the people.  Of the 50 points, number 1 and number 50 are about the people you lead.  The other 48 points support those two. Many leaders make their way to the top by focusing on those two main points but too many fail once they get there because they lose sight of those most important things.” 

Wouldn’t it be nice if all business leaders were as clear thinking and speaking as Rick Hillier?

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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