Written by Anthony Demangone
During NAFCU's annual conference last week, Tim Harrington gave a wonderful keynote address about leadership and Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was a wonderful walk through history and leadership. What made Eisenhower such a great leader? Harrington pointed to seven traits that Eisenhower possessed.
- Honesty, integrity and sincerity in dealing with people.
- The ability to plan and to communicate a vision.
- Selecting staff well and backing them completely – If they succeed, give them the credit. If they mess up, take the blame so they remain “free to make decisions without fear.”
- Encouraging a close family relationship – Eisenhower’s practice of visiting the troops and relating to them as individuals is now called “management by walking around.”
- Being optimistic at all times – During World War II, Eisenhower viewed pessimism as anathema to the cause.
- Having the ability to deal with difficult people – Eisenhower was patient yet decisive, and he always let others have their say.
- Being humble – Eisenhower “deflected praise to others.”
Attendees picked up a free copy of Tim's new book: Eisenhower on Enlightened Leadership. If you weren't at the conference, you can purchase the book here.
"Be like Ike."
Looking at those seven traits, that's good advice indeed.
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