Successful Leaders

Does High Potential Success Lead to Organizational Failure?

Does High Potential Success Lead to Organizational Failure?

About 35 years ago Steven Kerr published an article entitled, “On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B.” Kerr rightly pointed out that organizational reward systems are often misaligned with desired outcomes.

For example, organizations say they want collaboration yet reward individual performance. It may be that many organizational succession planning processes are similarly misaligned. Before describing this problem it is important to understand the difference between successful and effective leaders.

Leadership and the Vision Thing

Leadership and the Vision Thing

“The vision thing” is a commonly acknowledged reason why George HW Bush lost the 1992 election to Bill Clinton.

A decorated war veteran, successful business owner, Congressman, Ambassador, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice President, and President of the United States, Bush certainly had a better handle on foreign and domestic issues than Bill Clinton, who at the time had only been the Attorney General and Governor of Arkansas. 

Key Differences between Successful and Effective Leaders

Key Differences between Successful and Effective Leaders

 About 25 years ago researcher Fred Luthans published a highly insightful but mostly ignored article on the differences between successful and effective leaders.

Luthans identified successful leaders using promotion rates--those who had been rapidly promoted over a five year period. Effective leaders were those who had achieved results that consistently beat the competition.