One of the greatest leaders of our time was Peter Drucker. Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, and he invented the concept known as management by objectives.
Drucker’s books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government, and nonprofit sectors of society. He is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice. His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century, including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to economic world power; the decisive importance of marketing; and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning. In 1959, Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker” and later in his life considered knowledge worker productivity to be the next frontier of management.
Here is what Peter Drucker believed about leadership:
- A leader is someone who has followers
- Popularity is not leadership, results are
- Leaders are highly visible, they set examples
- Leadership is not rank, privilege, titles or money; it is responsibility
Leaders do not hide behind issues; they confront and resolve them. Leaders do not avoid conflict; they embrace it and learn from it. Leaders don’t sit in their offices all day; they interact and work closely with their co-workers. Leaders don’t need control; they know how to get things done by understanding the business issues clearly and resolving them through collaboration. Leaders listen. Leaders change and embrace change. Leaders lead change.
Do you work for a great leader? Are you a great leader? Do you have what it takes?
Don’t follow, lead.
A classic tune from the 80’s to begin your day today.
Thanks to Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org for the brief overview of Mr. Drucker.