Lately was reading some interviews with former Xerox CEO Ann Mulcahy. She always has insights into leadership that are worth noting. She says that the decisions her team makes now are critical and quotes a former Xerox researcher who said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” I thought I would steal that and adapt it as follows: “The best way to build a good reputation is to manage it.” Not as profound but definitely has a certain ring to it.
Back to Mulcahy. In another article I read, she talked about “followership.” What she means is that leaders should think of their employees as volunteers and individuals who choose to follow their leaders or not. Her point is that leaders spend alot of time getting people to execute strategy when instead they should be focusing on giving employees a reason to align with the company’s strategy and the drive to do their best to build an enduring reputation.
All rings true.
Now that Mulcahy has moved on to Xerox’s chairman or chairwoman — not sure which she choose — I have to commend her for her always wise leadership instincts that built herself one mighty reputation.