By PREMA JAYABALAN
Famous father and son team Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek are leadership experts and co-authors of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, winner of the 2013 International Book Award (Business: General). They will be facilitating a leadership workshop in Kuala Lumpur in June.
Here is the father and son duo’s take on leaders and leadership:
Q: How would you define a good leader?
A: We focus more on the act of “leadership” than on “the leader”. It’s because we believe leadership is a group performance, not a solo act. Good leadership blends leadership, management and followership. It serves others. It unleashes other leaders. It calls them to a quest to find or create a new and better place.
Q: What do you think are the biggest challenges faced by leaders today?
A: There are many. Many leaders get caught up in their own ego. For them, leadership somehow becomes an ego trip. Today, many leaders face intense short-term pressures to achieve results in a challenging economic and competitive environment, with fast-changing technology and disruptive business models.
In the face of these pressures, many leaders unfortunately make unethical and unsustainable decisions. We see the results of these failings all around us. The world needs a better brand of leadership to rise to these great challenges.
Q: What are the main characteristics needed to establish good leadership in an organisation?
A: Much is required, but it begins with a heartfelt and dogged commitment from leaders to build an excellent, ethical, and enduring organisation, one that achieves impactful results and impacts on all key stakeholders ethically and sustainably.