That's Not Leadership!

March 9, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

I had just returned to my hotel room after a beautiful sunrise run in Washington D.C. where I am attending an Inscape Publishing conference. While enjoying a cup of post-run coffee, I read an article about a former NASA official (he served as the NASA Chief of Staff and as its liaison to the White House) who was “charged with using his government position to serve his own financial interest.” If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison.
That’s not leadership!
Last Monday night I was running with a local group at the Fleet Feet retail store in Boulder, Colorado (my home town). While talking to a friend about his current job, he mentioned that his company is going through difficult times. But, what I found inspiring was that his company is committed to doing everything possible to avoid layoffs and that as a small software development firm, they recognize the value of their people. The management team is leading the way in this effort by being the first to take pay cuts.
That’s leadership!
What are your leaders doing to help navigate your organization through these difficult times?