While it’s true that some people are natural leaders from the day they step foot on the playground, leadership is also a skill that can be learned by anyone. A great way to learn strong leadership practices is to observe the behaviors, policies, and tactics of successful industry giants.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Transportation is big business and it has accordingly given us some influential leaders, such as Lee Iacocca, Henry Ford, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Learn from GM’s boom to bust cycle with the General Motors book Ann Arbor MI. GM came to realize that passion for the product is more important than soulless analysis. When people purchase a car, they are purchasing intangibles, such as a feeling or mood. Leaders need to understand and utilize the passion customers attach to their products.
The Future is Tech
Supply chains can be difficult to maintain in an increasingly global economy. CEOs of tech firms around the world are reporting that digitizing the chain is the only way to go. At IBM Global Business Services, they’ve learned that a digital supply chain saves time and money and allows for increased capabilities in pre-empting supply problems. A digitized chain creates opportunities for running simulations that assist business leaders in determining how they will handle future supply disruptions. Leaders should access all the digital tools available to them.
Fourth and Goal
Sports is big business, too, and there are many important leadership skills learned on the field or in the locker room. One of the most effective, as stated by coach Vince Lombardi, is that the effort of the individual matters. Leaders who spend their time and focus on the growth of the individual see growth in the company.
By following the examples of successful leaders who came before, you can develop your own leadership style.