Archive: Lefkowitz’s Lessons For Leaders

We did it, all by ourselves (September 7, 2016)

Prophets are easy to find, if you don’t care whether they are false. It gets much harder if you do

Nobody ever won by surrendering the initiative (October 14, 2015)

Initiative was the gift Barack Obama gave the GOP, because he made them the arbiters of whether his strategy was successful or not

The End of New Orleans: What Leadership Isn’t (September 9, 2005)

A lesson from the sunken city

Make the F#@!ing Call (September 23, 2004)

Trust me

How Negative Leadership Screws Up Organizations (May 21, 2004)

Or, how bad leaders poison the well

A Random Thought (August 21, 2003)

It’s my blog, I’ll pontificate if I want to

It’s All In “The Restaurant” (August 13, 2003)

Everything I need to know about management I learned at Rocco’s

Where Leaders Fail, Part Three: Hubris (April 9, 2003)

An essay on the dangers of arrogance and overconfidence.

Where Leaders Fail, Part Two: Credibility Capital (March 6, 2003)

As a kid, I was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the youth auxiliary of the Air Force. (At the time I thought I was going to grow up to be a fighter pilot… a not-terribly-unusual fantasy for an Air Force brat living in an Air Force town.) After a while I worked up […]

Where Leaders Fail, Part One: More Faster (February 21, 2003)

Probably the most common mistake I’ve seen leaders make under pressure is a dysfunction I call “More Faster” syndrome. To understand what I mean by this, picture a man on a treadmill. He’s running his poor little heart out, but he never seems to get anywhere. All that work and he’s not making any progress! […]

Introduction (February 21, 2003)

I’ve had the privilege of knowing a lot of leaders in my life. Some have been outstanding; others abysmal. The nature of leadership is something that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, so I paid close attention to all of them. In this category of posts, “Lefkowitz’s Lessons for Leaders”, I’m […]