- Celebrity syndrome
- Highest salary and stock options
- Glamourous Costume & Iconic Branding
- Short-Term Profits & spectacular “Coups”
- From Superheroes to everyday Heroes. Watch Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Insead, debunk with “finesse”, detailed research and humor the CEO Superhero myth.
Do We Celebrate the wrong CEOs?
“We still flock to the same few big-time celebrity CEOs for our wisdom on leadership and growth. What does that say about us as a business community? Maybe we’re over-valuing things that well-known CEOs do well (getting on magazine covers, talking about their next big moves, explaining short-term results) and over-looking what less headline grabbing but better-performing CEOs do well which is focus on building value long-term. Maybe it’s time to redirect our attention and start celebrating and learning from a different crop of CEOs.”
Read more at the Harvard Business Review Blog: The quiet CEOs, who get the work done, and well.
- Who are these quiet CEOs? They are less charismatic, almost invisible. What if the time has come to honor and celebrate another kind of leadership? What if it all started with leading by example, at home, at school, in politics?
Recently, I read in the Harvard Business Review an article about the Five Leadership Lessons from the BP Oil Spill, written by Gill Corkindale.
“Lesson 4: Leaders are there to serve their companies, people and communities. As with 9/11, ordinary people have shown remarkable leadership capabilities, volunteering to clean up the oil and help the stricken wildlife, without thought or care for their own health and safety. Unlike the elected leaders, they see the bigger picture and recognise that the environment and the livelihoods of local people are more important than corporate profitability or political manoeuvrings.”
It’s a good reminder that time has come for a more humble, ordinary leadership and for leaders and CEOs to connect with their soul and their heart, at the service of their companies, people and communities, and be at the same time the best-performers.
- Is it an utopia? How can we start this process of transformation? When are we going to stop waiting for top leaders to “save” us? Could women play a major role in that transformation? Are the next women CEOs the anti-hero model that we so urgently need? Is it related to gender or rather to a good balance of feminine and masculine qualities? A “command and inspire” style of leadership instead a command and control? A more open leadership, like Charlene Li would call it?
What are we waiting for? What examples of ordinary heroes would you like to share? Eager to hear from you!