October 2014

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Growing the Leader Within Us

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October's edition of Pathways to Success focuses on Leadership. It's a topic I've covered before but one that we all continually need to re-examine and reflect upon. We all recognize successful leaders and admire their qualities. Each of us also have in ourselves the ability to be effective leaders. This edition tackles this topic.  


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Steve Terusaki, President of SEIDO ConsultingSteve Terusaki
SEIDŌ Consulting

Reaching the C-level suite engenders much self-reflection. What are the characteristics needed to effectively lead organizations? How does one incorporate one's own personal style, communication strategy, decision-making processes to address the unique challenges of the organization? Is there a "right way" to become a successful C-level suite leader?


Being CEO for a boutique engineering firm, I found myself in a quandary about all the issues above. What constitutes a "leader?" The firm was moving into its second generation life cycle. The founder was a charismatic individual who set the tone for the organization. With the baton of authority and decision-making being passed on to the next generation, the CEO position was key to the continuing legacy of the firm. Many in the firm felt that the brand of the firm was synonymous with the personality of the founder. Communications; decision-making; employee interaction; management approach, that "vision" thing had been clearly set by the founder. It was the unstated expectation that success in the CEO role required emulating the characteristics and qualities of the founding leader.



Growing the Leader Within Us
"For what we've discovered, and rediscovered, is that leadership isn't the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women. It's a process ordinary people use when they're bringing forth the best from themselves and others. Liberate the leader in everyone, and extraordinary things happen."

- James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge: How to Keep Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations.



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