Great leaders understand broader changes around them and they use those changes to further their goals. Drawing on a close study of numerous successful leaders in business and government, this lecture will discuss how leaders learn to do this.
We will examine how successful leaders acquire information, challenge established modes of behavior, articulate alternative visions, and mobilize personnel and organizational resources for their purposes.
All of these tasks require leaders to think creatively and historically. They require strategic wisdom and sound judgment, acquired from disciplined study as well as experience. These are the hardest challenges, and they separate excellence in organizations from much more common mediocrity.