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Drucker on Leadership

Peter F. Drucker stopped giving media interviews more than two years ago. But in October 2004, he granted an exception to Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard, who met with the 95-year-old management guru at his "surprisingly spartan" home in Claremont, Calif.

The interview was arranged by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose- Driven Life and head of Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif., whom Drucker has been advising for two decades.

Karlgaard's recap of his two-hour meeting with Drucker is a must-read for leaders who value practical, straightforward advice about how to lead more effectively. To whet your appetite, here are a few of Drucker's thoughts on various aspects of leadership.

"Successful leaders don't start out asking, 'What do I want to do?'

They ask, 'What needs to be done?'

Then they ask, `Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?'

They don't tackle things that they aren't good at."

"Charismatic leadership by itself certainly is greatly overstated. Look, one of the most effective American presidents of the last 100 years was Harry Truman. He didn't have an ounce of charisma. Truman was as bland as a dead mackerel. Everybody who worked for him worshiped him because he was absolutely trustworthy. If Truman said no, it was no, and if he said yes, it was yes. And he didn't say no to one person and yes to the next one on the same issue."

"The most dangerous traps for a leader are those near-successes where everybody says that if they just give it another big push it will go over the top. One tries it once. One tries it twice. One tries it a third time. But, by then it should be obvious that this will be very hard to do. So, as I always advise my friend Rick Warren, 'Don't tell me what you're doing, Rick. Tell me what you've stopped doing.'"


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Re: Drucker on Leadership

Dear Roger,

The paradox at the heart of organizational leadership is that the leader must add value to the organization but must not take it away when he or she leaves. An essential part of a leader's job is to become dispensable through creating a culture of leadership that
extends throughout the organization.