To Lead Effectively, Know Your Company -- Inside and Out
The best leaders are "inside-outsiders": They've ascended within their organization, so they know the firm and its people. But they also have an outsider's objectivity -- seeing the need for radical change and understanding how to foster transformation.
To develop an inside-outsider's perspective, take jobs in companies that provide a clear career path, mentoring, challenging assignments with enough time to learn from them, early general management responsibility, and chances to try new ideas. Also broaden your view: Network with people outside your division and company -- including customers, vendors, related organizations, and union leaders. And expand your general knowledge beyond your immediate business, through seminars and out-of-mainstream experiences.
Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "Solve the Succession Crisis by Growing Inside-Outside Leaders," by Joseph L. Bower.
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