Famous father and son team Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek are leadership experts and co-authors of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, winner of the 2013 International Book Award (Business: General). They will be facilitating a leadership workshop in Kuala Lumpur in June.
Here is the father and son duo’s take on leaders and leadership:
Q: How would you define a good leader?
A: We focus more on the act of ‘leadership’ than on ‘the leader’. It’s because we believe leadership is a group performance, not a solo act. Good leadership blends leadership, management and followership. It serves others. It unleashes other leaders. It calls them to a quest to find or create a new and better place.
Q: What do you think are the biggest challenges faced by leaders today?
A: There are many. Many leaders get caught up in their own ego. For them, leadership somehow becomes an ego trip. Today, many leaders face intense short-term pressures to achieve results in a challenging economic and competitive environment, with fast-changing technology and disruptive business models.
In the face of these pressures, many leaders, unfortunately – make unethical and unsustainable decisions. We see the results of these failings all around us. The world needs a better brand of leadership to rise to these great challenges.
Q: What are the main characteristics needed to establish good leadership in an organisation?
A: Much is required, but it begins with a heartfelt and dogged commitment from leaders to build an excellent, ethical, and enduring organisation, one that achieves impactful results and impacts on all key stakeholders ethically and sustainably.