By Anthony Zecca
“Every person is unique, put the right people with the right capability to the right position to solve the right problems.” – Pearl Zhu, author “Digital Master” book series
One of the most critical factors affecting the ability of a firm leader to be an Edge leader versus a center leader is the effectiveness of the leadership team. There is a direct link between the strength of the leadership team and the firm leader’s ability to lead from the edge. A strong team allows the firm leader to lead whereas a weak team forces the firm leader to manage.
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Center leaders appoint or promote individuals to leadership positions generally without any objective model of what is needed in the position to drive success and to support the firm’s strategic objectives. Center leaders promote based on what they think they know about the individual or based on putting someone on the team who will be a team player – someone the center leader knows will not rock the boat. All too often, the center leader will promote or appoint someone to a leadership position because they have been there the longest or based on friendship.
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