Who is the greatest management/leadership Guru?
My favourite is Tom Peters by a country mile.
For me the others in the running include Warren Bennis, Charles Handy and Stephen Covey.
That was until ten years ago when I came across someone to surpass all of them.
This author has not published a best selling management blockbuster but he wins the race for me with his wonderful use of these simple profound words;
Go to the people
Live with them, learn from them
Start with what they know
Build with what they have
But with the best leaders
When the work is done
The task accomplished
The people will say
"We have done this ourselves.”
This management guru was saying this in 700 BC - his name? - Lao Tsu
An afterthought from personal observation.
I once knew a leader who quoted the second verse only. For me, effective leadership is in fact summed up best in the first verse - it says it all.
The second verse is an outcome - on condition you 'do' the first verse!!