Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

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Exceptionalism & Leadership

In a recent USA Today article, the concept of exceptionalism was addressed. In the political arena, exceptionalism refers to a particular country (i.e., the good old U.S. of A.) possessing “unique character and unrivaled standing.” There are statements resonating from certain political parties that the current administration holds a less than exceptionalistic view of America. Sometimes a lower exceptionalistic viewpoint occurs in businesses. Perhaps you have witnessed the phenomenon: the leadership of a good company suddenly changes, and the new leader turns a once proud organization into a quivering mass of questioning employees. In many circumstances, a solid leader emerges or is brought in to supplant the lesser leader. Recent examples have occurred in the automobile industry and a smattering of technology concerns. Perhaps the financial industry is next, but I digress. When leaders carry themselves and talk about their organizations with an exceptionalistic air, they show confidence in their company. And confidence is contagious. When confidence spreads throughout a team, only good things happen. For those of you in leadership positions, and as we head into the New Year, I implore you to walk and talk with confidence. Your people need a boost. They will respond positively. While you are at it, write your Congressman and give them a shot in the arm. Perhaps the shockwaves will move up the political chain and our country will once again embrace just how exceptional we are.

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2010-12-22 at 12:04 PM
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