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What leadership requires

There are many good descriptions of leadership out there. I like this one from Simon Sinek: “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” I like it because it distills the essence of what it is to be a leader. I would add a third element to his description to make it more complete and that is: …the ability to get people to do things they would not otherwise do.

Shared information is power

General Ann Dunwoody served 37 years in the U.S. Army. She was the first woman in U.S. Military history to achieve a four-star officer rank. She’s now joined the board of Automattic. In an interview with Matt Mullenweg, she shared some insights on global leadership. I loved what she had to say on leadership: Matt: We’re excited to have you onboard, General Dunwoody. It’s interesting — at Automattic we like to point out that we’re all over the globe (over 740 employees in more than 60 countries) but you oversaw 69,000 military and civilians across 140 countries! Were there any big leadership lessons from managing operations across such a wide range of distances, timezones, and cultures? Gen. Dunwoody: That’s a great question. When I started out as a young officer in the Army, the leadership...

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