- The need to hire people who “complement” you—not “compliment” you!
- Ways you earn the right to make changes: Listen, recalibrate, embrace opportunity.
- The five hallmarks of an authentic leader.
Vision is important in a leader, but vision is derivative. Before you can articulate a vision that is meaningful, you have to understand an organization, its people and culture, and the broader landscape in which the organization is functioning. This requires asking questions, and learning which questions lead to the right answers. And it requires developing empathy so you can avoid the “attribution error,” understand opposing points of view, and discover where opportunities for change occur.
The worst mistake you can make as a leader is to surround yourself with people who are exactly like you. Authentic leaders build diverse teams, balancing their own weaknesses with others’ strengths. They empower their teams to tackle problems together and execute solutions, creating a whole that is greater than the parts. They model the hard work and follow-through they expect from their subordinates. They prepare for transitions, aware that what brought success in the past may not move them forward into new realities. They meet challenges with the drive to discover new oceans—and the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Lloyd B. Minor, MD is the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also serves as a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University. Previously, Dr. Minor was provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at The Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 140 articles and chapters, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences..