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Leadership: seeing and appreciating Vs only leveraging

Here’s a CTO’s message (sanitized) to the head of marketing communications ...
Hi,

As you know Pradeep Henry is an individual we should be Branding constantly. He has published a book, and given interviews galore in various national publications. Presently his group is actively working on billable engagements.

In our website I would love for:
  • A mug shot of Pradeep
  • A shot of the book he has published with a brief excerpt
  • Two white papers
  • His interview with Times of India
  • His interview with CIO-India

Can we get this going, my friend? We do not have a lot of people who can stand to be industry stalwarts and should do everything to promote Pradeep and his group.

CTO-name


Yes, the CTO was referring to me. But bragging aside, here’s the point of my writing. From the message, you can clearly see how well the company would have leveraged my accomplishments. Look closely and you can see something more important — great leadership capabilities in terms of seeing the difference, appreciating the difference, and leveraging the difference!

In my 20+ years working mostly out of India (a year and half in the US) with several companies ranging from a sole proprietorship to a NASDAQ-listed company, I have seen very few leaders who could do the seeing (ability to know distinctive talent when they see it) and the appreciating.

Do you think the CTO’s message has some leadership lessons for our own businesses and careers?

First posted in WordPress on January 17, 2009

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