John Baldoni on How to Lead by Example

Published: Jan 24, 2019

"The high-performance systems ap­proach — also known as self-organizing teams and participative management — endows people throughout an enterprise with the skills, understanding, processes, and authority they need to make their own decisions on behalf of quality and business success, instead of having all the ideas and commands flow from the top," writes Ralph Sink in his thought-provoking article "My Unfashionable Legacy," published in Strategy+Business. "Despite the successes of high-performance systems, the concept is less fashionable in management circles than it used to be... The next generation of managers, particularly on the operations and shop-floor side, don’t always have the skills and training to design, create, and lead high-performance systems, and there’s a real danger that this knowledge could be lost entirely. Now is the time for my colleagues and me to cast our minds back and distinguish, once and for all, the factors that made us succeed." Ralph Sink is a consultant on high-performance systems who has worked extensively with Charles Krone and is currently an associate with Generon Consulting in Cambridge, Mass. He is a former manufacturing executive and new product development manager at DuPont and the former head of human resources at CPFilms, a division of Solutia. For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars: * Coaching and Counseling for Outstanding Job Performance * The 21st Century Global Leader To learn more, read these AMACOM Books: The Performance Management Activity Pack by Terry GillenJohn Baldoni on How to Lead by Example: Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results

Taking over the top job, whether it’s the CEO of a company or the manager of a department, is never easy. When done the right way, it results in inspired leadership; when done the wrong way, it can lead to disaster. To be effective, the people in charge must give their team a reason to believe in their talents and their ability to get people to work together.

In Lead by Example, recognized leadership guru John Baldoni reveals the traits and abilities leaders need to know to inspire others to follow them.