For centuries, leaders have been operating within a “control and compete” mindset. But times are changing. More and more, at the helm of successful companies, you’ll find a different sort of leader. Collaborators, not controllers, they are “square apples,” bold men and women who dare to create success by reshaping the workplace in unexpected ways.
In their book Apples are Square: Thinking Differently about Leadership, Susan Smith Kuczmarski and Tom Kuczmarski profile 25 values-based leaders to discover a new model of leadership for the 21st century.
“Squared apples” symbolically stand for a new way to lead in the workplace and a new way to measure success–both personally and professionally…. We, as a society, need to take bruised work environments and reshape them into dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative organizations. Likewise, we need to reexamine the central core within our own personal life. Is the core selfish or selfless? … Is our orientation geared toward using people or getting the most out of them for themselves as well as for the good of the organization? Serving others, helping others, and inspiring others to bring out their inner core of strengths and talents is what the new definition of success is all about.
Susan Smith Kuczmarski, Ed.D., is an educator, lecturer, and authority on values-based leadership. She was recently selected for inclusion in 500 Leaders of World Influence, Outstanding People of the 21st Century, 2000 Outstanding Writers of the 20tth Century, and has been listed in Whoâ€™s Who in the World for 12 years. Thomas Kuczmarski is founder of Kuczmarski & Associates, a nationally recognized innovation management consulting firm. He has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for 27 years, and is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, the Chicago Sun-Times and other leading business publications. They live in Chicago.
In this week’s You’ve Been Spotted segment, Kevin Lee asks participants from AMA’s course ‘Management Skills for New Supervisors’ about what challenges they face as team leaders. Listen to these participants share what they’ve learned from the course.
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