Our 20 years of experience have convinced us that true, sustainable leadership cannot exist but in an ethically engaged, socially constructed business environment.
The purpose of our Leadership Alliance concept is to create such a common place, an echo-system where the leadership vision of the very best business organizations in this country can interact with the aspirations for leadership of the best and most talented professionals there are.
This common place is expected to make managerial leadership not only possible, but also predictable and do this not by complicating things, but by simplifying them.
Indeed, behind this thinking there is a very simple principle, which - like all simple things - is very difficult to establish, because it goes against very deeply rooted habbits, prejudices and perceptions:
As too much has happened in too short a time, in this country, the young generations of managers took up (too easily, in our opinion) a very selfish and self centered attitude in their professional lives. They seem to believe that they ARE the organization (which is true, but only under certain conditions and circumstances). Many of them went that far that they started to act almost as ... products.
Such individual executives need to be reminded that their careers cannot exist outside the business organization and outside a set of principles on which they must interact. In today’s self-centered world, such executives must exit this ‘chicken and egg’ dilemma and realize the fact that the business must always come first.
Many people who are not familiar with Romania may consider this as stating the obvious, or even childish. They would be surprised to hear how many senior executives interviewed by us over the years could not grasp this deceptively simple principle: a successful career can only be built within successful businesses. In other words, no career is possible without producing results and producing results can only be possible in a business organization (however naïve this may sound).
Therefore, given the number of people who needed this advice, we have decided to make this simple rule our key principle and the most important piece of advice we can offer:“We should NOT forget that the organization comes first!”.
If we are to expect success in business, all parties involved MUST serve the organization and its purpose and not our own interests or agendas.
In our opinion, leadership is only possible when this principle is respected and applied rigorously and consistently.
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