On Leadership
Video | PostLeadership | FedCoach | | Books | About |
Exploring Leadership in the News with Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti

Andy Stern
Labor leader

Andy Stern

Andy Stern is president of the two-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America.

More Instinct Than Analysis

The most effective leaders are those who have internalized putting themselves out there and taking calculated risks, while accepting responsibility for the results of their actions, both positive and negative. The greatest leaders are those who think little about themselves, their own personal interests or sacrifices, but rather are consumed by thinking about the greater good of the organization, the mission, and the team, or crew that they are leading. That is not the bankers or bonus seekers or the ego centric.

In these extraordinary kinds of situations leadership is more about instinct then analysis and planning. The more taking a bullet is a decision rather than a life mission; self-promotion rather than selflessness, the less likely you are to make the sacrifice, or to be a great leader.

By Andy Stern

 |  April 14, 2009; 6:54 AM ET
Category:  Self-Sacrifice Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
Previous: Uncomplaining Courage | Next: Emergency Leadership

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company