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Leadership: It's All About Them

The team you lead is more critical to the success of a project than what you contribute as leader. Think of yourself as a facilitator

As an executive educator and coach, I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful leaders. Although I have liked all of my clients, Barry (not his real name, by the way) is definitely one of my favorites. Compared with all of the executives that I had coached, he showed the most improvement—even though he was a fantastic leader to start with! I think that I have learned far more from him than he ever learned from me.

Barry was president of a division with more than 50,000 employees in one of the world's foremost corporations. His CEO recognized Barry's talents and asked me to help Barry expand his role, provide more leadership, and build synergy across the organization.