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Leaders Need To Be Seen By Employees

Business is getting too complex for C--Suite leaders to be "Lone Rangers". People in the organization have valuable information that could benefit the C-Suite. Read a story that is an example of how a leader agreed to get out of his office and meet with people where they work. Learn how the C-Suite must be seen.

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Leaders Need To Be Seen

During World War II, one of the most effective military leaders was Field Marshall Rommel (The Desert Fox). A key leadership attribute was that he frequently visited, talked and ate with the front line troops. While greatly outnumbered in troops and resources, he developed a legendary reputation with his opponents. Rommel had at least one of the characteristics of all outstanding leaders-true leaders create a culture of spirits and hearts not just heads and hands.

I remembered this and noted that many corporate leaders isolate themselves in their plush Offices and people start to view them as the Corporate Aristocracy. As I worked with a variety of companies, I observed how leaders developed increasingly narrow vision as they moved up the organization charts. They seemed to be seduced by the limos, executive dinning rooms and other perks that came with every promotion.

I experienced this first hand when I was appointed to a function that required organizing quarterly presentations of departmental performance awards. The group that won the award always went to the executive conference rooms to receive the award. Fred, the VP, would give a short speech and present the award, and the group would then leave. It was a very staged event. I ...