What makes a leader? The answer is not found in rank and privilege. The answer is found by understanding a leader’s responsibilities
You know you’ve made it as a writer when you get hate mail or, barring that, sincere emails challenging you to quit avoiding a subject or imploring you to take something up of particular concern to a reader. The hate mail was abundant last fall after I published my series on the supplier-trade shortage and dared to suggest that a guest-worker program and path-to-citizenship for non-resident labor might be the only way out of our labor quandary. One of the emails proclaimed, “It is people like you that are destroying this country!”
After 35 years of intensely studying organizations, I have not a shred of doubt. This is not ideology. This is simply a fact of organizational life. It’s all about the leaders.