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Vision Leadership – Fritz’s Challenge for GM

June 3, 2009

Corporate senior leadership can indeed be a lonely venture. But Fritz Henderson’s daunting challenge to lead GM forward is perhaps the most prominent example ever in U.S. business history. It wasn’t until I recently read an older article by author Richard Hackman (a recognized expert on teams) who commented on executive leadership. He stated in a Leader to Leader piece that he wrote (“Why Teams Don’t Work,” 1998):

“The most engaging and powerful statements of corporate vision…are the product of a single intelligence, set forth by a leader willing to take risk of establishing collective purposes that lie just beyond what others believe to be the limits of the organization’s capability.”

In the coming weeks and months, let’s hope that Fritz Henderson is following Richard Hackman’s advice as he leads the new GM into the future.

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