Men and leaders
Where have all the leaders gone?
I am a huge Iacocca fan. It happened when I read his autobiography (Iacocca: An Autobiography). This son of a migrant Italian family, which came to US with nothing but a hope, started humbly and went on to become the President of Ford Motor Company. He came out of his graduate engineering college with a dream to work with Ford. Then he joined his masters while his job waited for him. Pushing challenges to the walls, wining over all sales targets, innovating marketing gimmicks, and winning with new success stories, Lee became the darling of
When his third book came up in April last year, I had to grab a copy. I had read it long before, but chose to write about it now.
This book is a mix of everything that Iacocca has been and what he is going through. Old that he is and grand children are that surround him now, it is like an attempt to look back, but turn back quickly to foresee the future. He starts by defining leadership with his 9Cs for leadership: (1) Curiosity, (2) Creativity, (3) Communication, (4) Character, (5) Courage, (6) Conviction, (7) Charisma, (8) Competency and (9) Common Sense. He says, “Leaders are made, not born”. He talks about life, “Life is a team effort. No one gets very far alone.”
The central theme of the book was political leadership in the
He evaluates all the presidential candidates based on their weaknesses and strengths. No surprises that he is fair to all and brutal for everyone. He says about Barack Obama: “is one of the stars who seem to come from nowhere to capture the imagination of the nation. What’s not to like about this guy? He has Charisma and Conviction, and obviously he has strong Communication skills. In my opinion, his race is not an issue. We are ready to elect a black man as we are to elect a woman. But is Obama the one? Is he competent to be President?..” He says about Hillary Clinton, “is a smart woman, and even her detractors acknowledge that she has shown Common-sense and Competence in the Senate. I have no doubt that we are ready to have a woman President. But is Hillary the one? There is always a question mark about Character and Conviction hanging over her head…” Any final advice for the
He also talks about the impending dangers on the
He also talks about the failed Chrysler leadership to keep the company afloat after he resigned. The biggest blame according to him goes to the CEO Bob Eaton. He writes, “So on the morning of
Iacocca has led a satisfying life. He stands for many things that I stand for and you would love to stand for. He will always be remembered for what he did and what he got done, for a long time. Not only in the corporate circles, but in the minds and hearts of believers like Rahul. J