We are lucky to be able to participate in a meal at the Genova Financial Club with Rasmus Hougaard from Copenhagen Business College who has just published the book with Harvard Business Review The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results. We could not miss the Healthy Work blog channel to share the theses and conclusions of the book:
A good leader in this century is characterized by 3 qualities
- Es mindfully, that is, it is present. He communicates and when he does, his mind is not elsewhere, in other problems. When you talk to him you know he listens to you.
- Es Selfles or disinterested, that is, it is not selfish. He is not narcissistic and does not avoid criticism only to listen to those who flatter him.
- Es compassionate or compassionate. He cares about others, his employees and the society in which the company is immersed, not just its customers.
When we instinctively suggest that humans, like animals, are programmed to protect ourselves and impose ourselves on others to survive and that these characteristics contrast with the profile of the most narcissistic and sociopathic leader who comes to power above all and Everything, Rasmus answers us that in modern societies who survives does so thanks to their ability to work as a team and care for the good of the group and not for the individual. He also tells us that there are researchers at Harvard himself who do not agree with these theses and who think that many CEOs come to power thanks to not showing their vulnerability and taking advantage of the vulnerability of others.
What is your opinion?