By way of introduction, I just recently published a book entitled Leadership DNA, Why the Accepted Premise That Anyone Can Be a Leader Is Utterly False and the Main Cause of Poor leadership in America.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University in Philadelphia and worked forty plus years, spending time in the military as a US Army officer and in leadership positions with the federal government in the Departments of Transportation, Interior, and the Army as well as serving as a human resources director in the Defense Department. I’m now retired and live in Florida. I wrote this book because throughout my career I have witnessed the negative impact poor leadership can have on an organization and the people that work within an organization.
As a former director of human resources for twenty-three years, I was in the perfect position to observe hundreds of individuals in leadership positions and witness firsthand the effects of the popular argument that leaders are made. My own experiences as a leader of 105 employees and my observations of team leaders, supervisors and managers in other organizations have led me to the conclusion that many people are just not cut out to be leaders at any level and that the premise that anyone can be a leader is just plain wrong.
I’m concerned that as a society and as a nation we are suffering from an epidemic of poor leadership. Far too many of our leaders in government, finance and business clearly do not have the level of leadership talent needed to hold critical leadership positions. I believe that it is time to put a spotlight on what I believe is the main cause of this poor leadership in our government, on Wall Street and in our corporations. The root cause of this widespread poor leadership has been and continues to be the result of a multitude of leadership gurus who teach and preach that they can make anyone into a leader provided we all follow their personal formula for success. There are hundreds of leadership books in the marketplace that proclaim to have discovered the leadership elixir-the magical potion that once mixed with the personal desire and commitment of the trainee/believer will mass produce good leaders.
There’s just one problem: they’re wrong.
Leadership DNA disputes this entrenched premise that anyone and everyone can be a good leader and instead, lays out a road map to identify and develop natural born leaders.