3 Secrets of C Level Leadership by Neil Staggall at LinkedIn on 7 May 2014.
In this article the author focuses on the three aspects of leadership that he assesses as being critical for senior-level management:
- Say ‘No’ – A small word, a huge difference (you have to be able to make tough decisions, and you need to teach that ability to your followers)
- Trust & respect – power words (they are the foundation of positive relationships)
- Look, listen, learn – do your homework (taking a bit more time to get more facts can lead to better decisions)
The last point can be very difficult to carry out – sometimes we can delay a decision to the point that we experience ‘paralysis by analysis’. Personally, I believe that we should attempt to make the best decision that we can, using all the facts that we can reasonably find within the time allotted. In this case, I believe that Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. was correct,
“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”
If you wait too long, your enemy (or your competition) will have the opportunity to find your vulnerabilities, get to market before you do, etc.