Are You Leading or Merely Producing?

Posted: October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

I/O Musings of a Skeptical Positivist

leading_the_packSamantha exuded leadership.  Hell, since the age of twelve, she’d held leadership roles.  Captain of the soccer team.  President of her neighborhood “Kids’ Committee.”  Student Council Vice President, and later President.  By the time she graduated college, she was the co-founder and CEO of a non-profit funding source for low-income housing.  Talk about the fast track!  She was on it!

Fast forward a decade, and Samantha was still leading.  Her focus had changed, though, from the philanthropic to corporate.  At 32, she was the youngest executive vice president in the company’s history.  She was overseeing the marketing operations for a $10 billion corporate giant, leading a 100-person creative team and all the affiliated support roles.  On any traditional measure, she’d made it.  She was a success.  Yet, she found herself increasingly disjointed and unsatisfied professionally.

When Samantha and I first met, she admitted quietly struggling with an interesting leadership…

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