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THE QUESTION

Leading the Steinbrenner way?

George Steinbrenner violated just about every rule of the leadership handbook, yet he brought tremendous success to the NY Yankees, both on and off the field. What does this say about the conventional wisdom on leadership?

Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on July 15, 2010 10:53 AM
FROM THE PANEL
Robert Goodwin

Steinbrenner: Getting the best at any cost

The Yankees had a man at the helm who would stop at nothing and spare no expense to put the best team possible on the field. In so doing, he demonstrated to leaders everywhere that passion is every bit as important as wisdom.

Posted by Robert Goodwin, on July 16, 2010 1:19 PM

Bully in the dugout

What Steinbrenner lacked was an understanding of how to capture both the hearts and minds of his players in a way that leveraged their innate talents.

Posted by Alaina Love, on July 16, 2010 1:16 PM
Lisa Larson

The dangers of 'my way or the highway' leadership

Steinbrenner has engaged in plenty of the behaviors that have tanked the careers of other leaders, most recently General Stanley McChrystal. What made him a successful leader of a storied sports franchise was his ability to win, and a very tolerant Major League Baseball Commissioner.

Posted by Lisa Larson, on July 16, 2010 10:48 AM
Kathryn Kolbert

Turning obsession into championships

The problem with conventional wisdom is that it is conventional. Despite his harshness and lack of subtlety, Steinbrenner possessed one of the key attributes of successful people, he was absolutely obsessed with his business, working 24/7 to make the Yankees a winner and expecting everyone else to do the same.

Posted by Kathryn Kolbert, on July 16, 2010 10:37 AM
John Baldoni

Flaws of an undisciplined leader

Like George Patton, Steinbrenner was a well-intentioned leader who ended up suffering from flaws that a more self-disciplined leader might have controlled.

Posted by John Baldoni, on July 15, 2010 2:39 PM
Ken Adelman

'A hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree'

George Steinbrenner had a passion to win. His "hot temper" leapt over any "cold degree" of leadership do's and don'ts.

Posted by Ken Adelman, on July 15, 2010 2:25 PM

Deep pockets to fire as he pleased

The famous and most quotable British physician, Sir William Osler, once said that medicine could be a science if every patient were identical. The same can be said about leadership.

Posted by Warren Bennis, on July 15, 2010 2:21 PM

Commanding is not leading

There is a difference between "leading" and exercising the powers of an all-empowered "boss" who may simply issue commands.

Posted by Mickey Edwards, on July 15, 2010 1:59 PM

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eraskauskas: THE "Boss" was involved in no personal scandals, married to the same woman for over half a century, contributed mightily to charity, especi...

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