I’ve read scads of books, blogs and journals on leadership. Everything I read has been said before — maybe in a different way and usually with different supportive examples; yet, I can’t seem to stay away from the subject. Apparently, neither can others. Leadership books, blogs, and tweets continue to command an impressive share of human interest as expressed by various readership analytics.
Why the fascination with leadership? In my view, the answer lies within the gap between theory and practice. Despite the proliferation of self-help books and success stories published by respected business journals, leadership performance remains weak. Hewlett-Packard’s dismal showing in the corner office is the most public of leadership fallouts. HP is on their 4th CEO in less than two years. With their size and clout, one shakes the head in wonderment at their inability to find a great leader to set the company on the right course. The irony in all of this is leadership itself, or lack thereof amongst HP’s Board of Directors. Without change, HP will soon become the latest Harvard case study of shareholders getting what they deserve.
In the world in which we live, where there is a problem, there is a solution, or at least the promise of one. The problem/solution relationship is pervasive in all walks of life. We see it in advertising, sports, medicine, religion, politics, and of course, in commercial products and services. Everything is done with a purpose in mind. Leadership will always be vitally important. When it is lacking, there will be people keen to offer a helping hand, whether for personal profit and/or for a higher purpose within their own psyche.
Thankfully, the internet's social network enables massive audiences for blogs and articles on leadership. Hopefully, the medium and the message of the authors will bridge the gap between principle and practice.
If you are interested, here are some of the leadership blogs I follow:
Mike Myatt at http://www.n2growth.com/blog/
Dan Rockwell at http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/
Lisa Petrilli at http://www.lisapetrilli.com/
Jesse Lyn Stone at http://jessestoner.com/blog/
The Leader Lab at http://theleaderlab.org/
Susan Mazza at http://randomactsofleadership.com/
Wally Bock at http://blog.threestarleadership.com/
Ted Coiné at http://www.tedcoine.com/