This article is to advice those who lead and strategise for organisations, mainly in the Information and Communication Technology field.
Don’t be a hero: This is the first piece of advice: CEOs, CIOs, CFOs and other C-Suite executives (including MDs) need to know that creating a ‘dear great leader’ aura will result only in an individual personality, rather than a character-driven organisation. Leaders who are driven by this very nature, will end up with a halo that is initially satisfying and may show results, but will soon result in a below-par performance or come to a grinding halt. Unlike in the movies, a corporate hero in the IT sector is usually the hard-core technical and managerial staff who works in unison to push the company forward. A one-man show is a statistical rarity and hence not a recipe for success.
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