Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2008 SUMMIT (2)

Bill George currently is professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He is author of True North and Authentic Leadership. The main part of his talk dealt with six things a leader must do to move from "me" to "we".

1. Understand the purpose of your leadership. Why would people want to follow me? You must travel to your true north.

2. Gain self-awareness. Get feedback.

3. Practice values. What happens to your values when everything is about to go down the drain?

4. Lead with your motivating capabilities. Doing so leads to your sweet spot.

5. Build a support team around you. Prayer groups, one person, etc.

6. Lead and integrate into your life. Be the same person always.

Why do senior leaders fail? Because they fail to lead themselves.

Wendy Kopp is founder and CEO of Teach for America, an organization dedicated to eliminating educational inequity in our nation by enlisting the most promising future leaders in the effort. Earlier this year she was named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

All I can say is WOW! This just shows what one person can do who has a dream and then spends the energy to make it happen. I have ordered the Summit DVD. This interview is worth watching, folks. She leads a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors, who commit to teach two years in urban and rural public schools. The results have been outstanding. These are graduates who are giving up lucrative job opportunities to accept meager salaries. But they are making a huge difference. Ten percent of this year's graduating class at Yale (all majors) applied for a position with Teach for America.

Kopp believes that regardless of environment, all children can excel and succeed in the classroom if quality leaders are providing a quality education. It is amazing to hear her share the two-year results from the children.

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