Once upon a time Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story using only six words. Impossible, some thought. Not for Papa, as Neal Conan explained on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. The next day Hemingway produced this: ‘For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.’
The million dollar question for any leader is this: did you leave the organization in a better place than when you found it? Sadly we have discovered that the great recession we are enduring was in part due to senior executives who did not leave their companies better off, even though they themselves exited with pockets full of cash.
For leaders, this six-word exercise works well as a form of aspiration, that is, how do I want to be remembered? So if you are early or mid career, you have time to make changes so that you can become the leader you are capable of becoming.”
Business Week Magazine article, Leadership in 6 Words, offers some guidance to creating a concise statement about your leadership style. Whether you are just starting out on your leadership path, or you’re looking for the tools to help you sharpen your leadership strenths, The Leadership Trust can help you go from great to greater. Check out our signature program, Personalized Leadership Development Program, to learn more about what makes our program so powerful and successful. After you attend a program with us, you’ll be able to describe our program in 6 words: The best leadership training experience ever!