Friday, November 12, 2010
Insights and Opinions: Leadership
For our Insights and Opinions section today, we have an article from Marc Averitt, a venture capitalist at Okapi Venture Capital. Marc shares some of his thoughts on leadership:
In light of our recent mid-term elections, I have been spending a fair amount of time thinking about leadership the past several weeks. It has been said that leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management thinks is possible. I couldn't agree more. In fact, I have been reflecting a lot on what leadership means and to whom these days as my state and country seemingly continue to struggle with its concepts.
To give you some perspective on my own personal experience with leadership, I grew up an Air Force brat and my father was a career officer and pilot. I've played on numerous sports teams where I have had the privilege of both being a captain and following the leadership of a few good ones. I've held officer roles in numerous fraternal organizations and non-profits and have been a CEO and board director for a number of for profit companies. I have taken several leadership and "leadership related" classes at USC and Stanford GSB and heard a number of folks whom I consider to be great leaders speak on the topic over the years. Through all of this, I've learned a few things about leadership in my life and was planning on sharing a few of these with you today. (More...)
Read the rest of Marc Averitt's thoughts on leadership.