By William Seidman
I’m back from the Transformational Leadership Gala in Chicago, sponsored in part by the Wright Institute for the Realization of Human Potential.
I joined a discussion on leadership that transforms society for the better. At dinner I sat next to Ronald Riggio, author of Transformational Leadership and a great guy. His work examines the characteristics of what makes someone a transformational leader.
Our work was about how such a leader can touch hundreds or thousands at once, and we had much to talk about.
The keynote speaker was Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, who gave a great speech about how he went from a “fat, long-haired hippy” managing a three-person video store to building Best Buy into a multi-billion-dollar company.
Anderson stressed that a key idea is to empower others to be creative, and to not overly-centralize decision-making.
It was clear in listening to him that he was simultaneously pretty humble and damn tough. He could be supportive and demanding at the same time – good combination!]]>