Every decade or so a great book comes along to change how we think about leadership. “In Search of Excellence” was one, “Good to Great” a second, and “The Tipping Point” a certain third. I’m betting the next is “The Why of Work” by Dave Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich.
I won’t try to summarize the book in this blog post. It makes more sense to let the authors speak for themselves. Below is a brief excerpt in which Dave and Wendy describe the impact of leaders who listen, learn and build up their colleagues by inviting ideas, as opposed to leaders who lead at the expense of colleagues by habitually demonstrating indifference to employees or finding fault with others in order to heroize themselves.