I read an interesting article on leadership from someone I have learned from before. Until I read this article, however, I didn’t know that Peter Drucker had been a longtime counsellor to Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church, and author of The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life.
On his 95th birthday, Drucker granted a rare interview with Forbes at Rick Warren’s request.
Some thoughts from the interview:
Leaders ask “What needs to be done”? These needs should then be correlated with “Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?”
I’ve seen a great many people who are exceedingly good at execution, but exceedingly poor at picking the important things. They are magnificent at getting the unimportant things done.
Leaders … know what they are trying to do. They are purpose driven–yes, mission driven. They know how to establish a mission.
[Leaders] know how to say no. … the effective ones learn how to say no and stick with it.
I always advise my friend Rick Warren, “Don’t tell me what you’re doing, Rick. Tell me what you stopped doing.”
When you’re alone, in your secret office, ask the question, “What needs to be done?” Develop your priorities and don’t have more than two.
Effective leaders match the objective needs of their company with the subjective competencies.
Build on your strengths and find strong people to do the other necessary tasks.
You know, I was the first one to talk about leadership 50 years ago, but there is too much talk, too much emphasis on [charismatic leadership] today and not enough on effectiveness.
I required myself to identify something I will do based on this article. Here’s mine:
Map what needs to be done against what am I good at doing. I’ll write down two priorities and measure my effectiveness in executing these ruthlessly.
Read the article. What leadership principles will you write down?