Wartime vs. Peacetime Leadership

Wartime leaders look a lot different than peacetime leaders.  Think Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, vs Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton:

Wartime:                                                       Peacetime:

Take action quickly

Seek consensus, preserve status quo

Make decisions with a close inner circle

Involve all stakeholders in decisions

Move with a sense of focused urgency

Enjoy the perqs of office

Worry about success, not personal survival

Walk an easier path to success

Make tough, sometimes painful calls in the interests of winning

Look more on the bright side

Many companies today are at war: with the economy, with competitors, with a shrinking talent pool.  But their CEOs lead as if they’re in peacetime.

So are you at war or at peace?  Adjust your leadership accordingly.

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