I️ like reading new books or articles about leadership and what people think are the key characteristics of a great leader, but there are three books that I️ always fall back on because nothing else compares to them. These books cover the fundamental aspects of leadership that the rest of the books and articles can build on.
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Have you ever tried to pitch an idea just to hear someone tell you, “We can’t”? I know I have, too many times actually. While sometimes there is some truth to the “We can’t” claim, we often over emphasize our (in)ability to do something and deemphasize our obligation to do something. To explain what I️ mean by this, let’s consider the following example.
Six months ago I made a big life decision – I left a job that I had worked really hard to get to. I left a company were I spent years to build my reputation and develop a network that enabled my success. I left for two reasons, but most people were only aware of one of those reasons. The driving factor behind my departure, and the one that I told everyone about, was I wanted to try out the world of cybersecurity. I had just completed my graduate degree specializing in this topic which is something I have been interested since the first time I heard the term “honeypot” in 2004.
I recently came across the article “An Email From Elon Musk Reveals Why Managers are Always a Bad Idea” and it hit on some things that I am very passionate about, but I think it left out a different, but important, way of looking at the problem. The good news is that this article did what it was intended to do and that is, get me thinking. I hope my approach makes you think too, so please let me know what you think.