Leadership Involves Poetry As Well As Plumbing


The headlines scream about leadership failure after failure around the globe every day — at the world’s biggest companies, in government agencies, non-profits, academia and at startups. So why does leadership fail?

April 8, 2014 |  by Faisal Hoque

Stanford University Professor Emeritus James G. March once said, “Leadership involves plumbing as well as poetry.” And I couldn’t agree more, having experienced this throughout my career. Leaders fail when they cannot connect with people.

Leaders who can inspire others but are detached from the messy process of managing others fail. The devil is always in the details. This is a topic we discussed quite extensively in our new book Everything Connects.

Here are five ideas to improve the poetry and the plumbing in your leadership practices.

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