Doug Moran, author of the bestselling book “If You Will Lead”, offers practical ideas and guidance on what it takes to excel as a leader.
LeadershipNow.com named Doug Moran’s latest book If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders, as one of its “Best Leadership Books of 2011.” In this book, Doug explores the 16 skills required to be an effective leader. He draws from historical events to illustrate how great leaders like Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa applied leadership attributes to achieve extraordinary results. In this interview, Doug offers practical ideas and guidance on what it takes to excel as a leader. Doug Moran has more than twenty-five years of leadership experience in a variety of industries. He founded IF YOU WILL LEAD, LLC to help leaders and organizations reach their fullest potential. The firm focuses on leadership development, organization excellence and information technology.
In this interview, we discuss the following questions:
- Your new book “If You Lead” uses Kipling’s classic poem “If—” to describe a leadership framework based on sixteen essential attributes that all leaders must have. Tell me about what the poem means to you and what motivated you to write the book.
- In the book, you draw from historical events to illustrate how great leaders like Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, and others applied leadership attributes to achieve extraordinary results. How did your experience running your own consulting companies and working for organizations like Verizon, Capital one among others shape your thinking about leadership?
- You say that “Everywhere we look we see crisis and failure – financial crisis, corporate failures, and political scandals. Leadership failure is at the heart of all these breakdowns“. What are some of the common mistakes leaders make when dealing with challenges?
- Can you give us a brief description of the 16 qualities and which 3 qualities do you feel are most lacking in today’s leaders?
- If you could give just one piece of advice to Project Managers just starting out on their leadership journey, what would it be?
- You will be presenting the model at the 16th Annual International IT Service Management Conference & Exhibition February 19th thru 22nd, 2012. Can you share with us a couple of takeaways the audience will gain from the presentation?
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