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Leadership Credibility

Mar 29, 2007
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Whenever I travel, I always make sure that my carry on bag is stocked with a good book and a magazine or two – usually something like Fast Company, Wired, Business 2.0, American Cowboy (just kidding…) or a more recent favorite, Harvard Business Review.

Yeah, I know…  To those of you who have never read Harvard Business Review (HBR), you’re probably thinking that this sounds about as exciting as the newest issue of The Underwater Basket Weaving Gazette!  And to be honest, that’s what I’ve always thought too until I picked up an issue a couple of years ago and realized that HBR is NOT a magazine – it’s more like several REALLY GOOD leadership books and studies condensed down to just the MAIN STUFF that a person needs to know. 

And sure, it seems expensive ($16.95 for each issue, published quarterly) but compared to the value of what you actually walk away with?  No way.  Totally worth it! 

ANYWAY….  now that that’s out of the way, let me share three small (but impacting) points from the January 2007 issue (The Tests of a Leader) that I’m STILL chewing on.  It’s from an article entitled, "Becoming the Boss" written by Linda A. Hill who writes about what it takes to effectively manage and gain credibility with others.  Here they are – simple, but good.

CHARACTER – The INTENTION to do the right thing.

COMPETENCE – Knowing HOW to do the right thing.

INFLUENCE – Their ABILITY to deliver and execute the right thing.   

Good stuff…  HBR can be found online here.  A pretty good investment of $99/year. 


6 Responses to “Leadership Credibility”

  1. Amber Cox says:

    I like that.
    CHARACTER, COMPETENCE, INFLUENCE
    don’t be surprised if you see that on my blog sometime soon
    ht: ScottHodge

  2. Johnny Laird says:

    Liking the magazine choice, Scott.
    I’ll have to check out HBR.
    http://johnnylaird.blogspot.com/2007/01/my-life-through-magazines.html

  3. Hey Scott- FYI- I’m a lifelong subscriber to The Underwater Basket Weaving Gazette. Don’t knock it til you try it, man!

  4. Just ordered Competing on Analytics three weeks ago…published by HBR.
    That was also a great issue of HBR…

  5. ted says:

    coincidently this past week i was at a leadership workshop that my company provides every six weeks (it’s an all day event)…where we talked and reflected on a harvard business review article…great article!
    Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership Requires Premium Subscription, by Robert E. Quinn

  6. Allen says:

    That’s good… as long as the “intention” she mentions is a true and action-oriented intention so strong that it moves us to work hard toward competence and influence. I think that being willing to help (at least in the conventional weaker sense of “willing”) doesn’t reveal as much character as being able to help does.
    Does that make sense?
    I need to check out the HBR. Thanks for the tip.

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