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What Does it Take to Make Something Great (Again)?
I was just reading in CJ Mahaney's book Humility and came across this:
I had a chance to hear Jim Collins [author of Good to Great] speak on this topic to an audience of pastors and business leaders. In his presentation, Collins identified two specific character qualities shared by CEOs of these good-to-great companies.
The first was no surprise: These men and women possessed incredible professional will--they were driven, willing to endure anything to make their company a success.
But the second trait these leaders had in common wasn't something the researchers expected to find: These driven leaders were self-effacing and modest. They consistently pointed to the contribution of others and didn't like drawing attention to themselves....
When Collins interviewed people who worked for these leaders, he says they "continually used words like quiet, humble, modest, reserved, shy, gracious, mild-mannered, self-effacing, understated, did not believe his own clippings; and so forth" to describe them.
That sure doesn't sound like the people who recently tried to lead our country. How can America go from good to great? We need better leaders.
Just a thought.