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Susan Peters

Susan Peters

Susan Peters is the vice president of executive development and the chief learning officer at GE.

Every day is election day

Question: Like U.S. presidents, military and non-profit leaders often face the equivalent of "midterm elections" in which they and their strategies are subject to an initial market test or performance evaluation. What's the first thing President Obama, or any leader, should do or say when confronted with unambiguously negative results from a mid-course evaluation?

It's hard--probably impossible--to get everyone behind you, and good leaders will always get feedback from their teams that is surprising, even disappointing. But good leaders headed to greatness are those who brush off the dust, check their egos, listen, learn and grow. Who ask questions in service of knowing more. Who seek new answers--and to those answers they might not like, figure out both why they don't like them and why they're being said. The reality is that people change, trends change, needs and wants change. For astute leaders looking to grow, treat every day like election day--a new opportunity to learn, to build trust, to forge commitment and to get out the vote in support of your organization's better tomorrows. It's not easy, but over time it's a leadership journey many will sign on to.

By Susan Peters

 |  November 2, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Corporate leadership , Government leadership , Leadership development , Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Listen to feedback? Obama?

Please, the guy already told us we're crazy and/or hysterical tantrum-throwers for not submitting meekly and unquestioningly to his will.

Bill Clinton listened. He listened and became one of the best presidents we've ever had.

But Obama? He's just not big enough. I'm sorry, but it's true.

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Posted by: ZZim | November 3, 2010 11:46 AM
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Listen to feedback? Obama?

Please, the guy already told us we're crazy and/or hysterical tantrum-throwers for not submitting meekly and unquestioningly to his will.

Bill Clinton listened. He listened and became one of the best presidents we've ever had.

But Obama? He's just not big enough. I'm sorry, but it's true.

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Posted by: ZZim | November 3, 2010 11:45 AM
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