Inevitable Consequence of Soviet-Style Democracy in Corporate Board Selection?
Much has been made of the recent gargantuan pay days of many American CEOs. Depending upon your point of view it is either
1) a magnificent example of the free enterprise system at work, richly rewarding those super achievers who create extraordinary value, OR
2) a discouraging example of the excesses of human greed.
I think about leadership constantly. The greatest personal growth I have undergone has come from professional challenges I face growing a real estate company from a single duplex to more than 8,600 units, with more units on the way.
To achieve that kind of explosive external growth, I have had to change dramatically on the inside. It has been said that “every organization is the shadow of its leader,” and these words I believe.
My challenge has always been to grow fast enough to be worthy of the faith and trust of those who have chosen to join me: To cast a meaningful shadow.
Robert Fulghum wrote a book called “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” I’ve often thought that if I were to pen a tome in a similar vein, it would be titled “All I Ever Need to Know as a Leader I Learned from Rudyard Kipling.” Or to be more specific, the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling.