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Leadership and Common Sense

Summary: In an interview with James J. Rooney, Herman Cain, author of �Leadership is Common Sense,� describes the three critical qualities of leadership as self motivation, a willingness to take risks, and the ability to focus on what is necessary. Leaders, he adds, must also be ready to remove barriers that prevent self-motivation in others, obtain the right results by identifying the correct problems, and inspire the passion in people to perform beyond expectation. In a team setting, Cain notes that people dream, and these people make up the team. The team dream is a common goal that can best be developed and sustained through good communication and mutual respect. When asked about building and encouraging ethical behavior in someone lacking an understanding of the concept, Cain points out that such a basic concept can only be learned early in life.

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  • Topics: Leadership, Teams, Change Management
  • Keywords: Ethics,Leadership,Leadership skills,Motivation,Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT),Teams,Change strategies,Communications techniques,Effectiveness
  • Author: Cain, Herman
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation