One of my favorite columns to read is the Corner Office in the business section of Sunday’s New
Q. Youâve worked in different settings â corporate, nonprofit, government. Any patterns youâve recognized across all of them?
A. Iâve seen good leadership and really bad leadership, and good cultures and really crummy cultures.
Q. So what are some other lessons from all that experience?
A. Letâs start with leadership.Â Be very careful that you donât cut yourself off from everyone, either by hanging out in your office by yourself or hanging out in your office or your suite with three or four key people.Â Iâve seen that happen a lot â where people are in their bunker with three or four people, and they block everything else out.Â You lose all touch with your external customers and your internal customers, and nobody has a sense of your vision; nobody has a sense of who you are.Â I think thatâs a huge mistake.
Throughout my career, I too have experienced plenty of good leadership, bad leadership, good cultures, and crummy cultures.
I always love hearing and learning from the perspectives of others, especially those inÂ Â Â Â Â leadership positions. These interviews provide an in-depth look into who they are as a person, what it’s like to work with them, and the type of culture they embody.
Someone once said, “Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”
For those self-actualizing individuals, what better way to learn?
For the full interview with Barbara DeBuono, click here.