“The job of getting people really wanting to do something is the essence of leadership.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, Remarks at the Breakfast Meeting of Republican State Chairmen, Denver, Colorado, September 10th, 1955
Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity
Leading in a VUCA world by Gen. George W. Casey Jr. (Ret.)
The leader’s role in: it’s not the best plan that wins, it’s the best at executing the plan that wins.
VUCA = Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. Term coined by the US Army War College.
The more VUCA the environment, the harder it is to understand the situation, the harder it is to articulate a clear way forward.
No. 1 question: “What are we really trying to accomplish?” The clearer the objective, even if not best, the better the execution.
No clear focus equals no common purpose. No common purpose equals ineffective execution.
“A leader’s first duty — to point a clear way ahead.”
Intellectual and emotional energy are limited, use in areas that have the highest payoff.
Leader’s first priority is developing and articulating a clear vision to drive the organization’s actions. The clearer the vision, the better the execution.
— Fortune, April 7, 2014
Kent Thiry“Leadership is not a function of position; it is a function of behavior.” — Kent Thiry
“If a leader cannot admit mistakes, these mistakes will be hidden.” — Frank Herbert, Dune Genesis
“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.” — Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart