Another Take on Leadership

27 Apr

The New York Times Sunday Business section often has interesting articles on leadership.  On April 17, 2011 they reviewed a set of five CEO characteristics based on intensive interviews.  These are interesting and worthy of reflection:

• Passionate Curiosity

• Battle-Hardened Confidence

• Team Smarts

• Fearlessness

• A Simple Mind-Set

“Most senior executives want people to be concise, get to the point, make it simple.”

Research on how people organize, store, retrieve and act on information goes back to 1956.  It shows that if we organize information into CHUNKs it greatly facilitates communication and action.  Such CHUNKs should not exceed 7 ± 2 and fewer is better.  People who can do this very effectively are said to be cognitively efficient.  Good news, cognitive efficiency is learned.

To review the original article, one of the most often cited in the psychology research literature go to

Space only allows review of one of the five and you can read the full article at NY Times.

BIG NEWS:  Beyond Luck is now an e-book on Amazon.  At $6.95 it’s a great deal and it looks marvelous on an iPad.

One Response to “Another Take on Leadership”

  1. Margie Harvey April 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Exceptional article! Thanks John!

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