Learning about Learning LO6823

Rol Fessenden (76234.3636@CompuServe.COM)
19 Apr 96 22:42:56 EDT

Replying to LO6772 --

Keith said:

>One of the ironies about being truly open in North American Business is
>that you can be perceived as weak. Even though listening/directing/leading
>are effective ways to get the job done with maximum commitment of your
>people, executives are often looking for the 'cowboy' with the answers.

It is not necessarily just North American. I believe (I would like to
hear from someone more knowledgeable than me) that the British
misunderstood Mahatma Gandhi in just exactly this way. An open,
vulnerable person who, if you acted on the perception that he was weak,
would demonstrate that he was tough as nails.

This is a very effective person to have as a leader.


Rol Fessenden LL Bean, Inc. 76234.3636@compuserve.com

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