In any organization, delivering results matters. Yet how leaders lead is the real differentiator in the final outcome. Over the course of my long career, I’ve had the opportunity to observe leaders with a variety of styles, ranging from authoritarian to consensus builder. While leadership requirements are largely determined by the need at the time and the opportunity at hand, there are some specific attributes I’ve witnessed in leaders I respect and admire that differentiate them from others.
DO YOU REMEMBER the TV show “MacGyver”? The titular hero was the epitome of resourcefulness. He would get trapped, usually in a building that contained a ticking time bomb, but he was able to free himself by being resourceful and using what was available to him, like duct tape or chewing gum. I was always intrigued -- and impressed.
One of the nightmares that business owners experience is the unexpected departure of their controller, chief finance officer or bookkeeper. But, this sort of occurrence in not unheard of and the wise CEO will make sure a contingency plan is always in place.
Whether companies try or not to budget for major storms that shut down commerce, those reached on Jan. 28, the day after blizzard Juno’s biggest punch landed across the region, say predicting major weather events remains an art that, when it is accurate, enables companies to adjust more readily.