Every other Friday, I try to post an article focused on leadership/culture building away from the world of sports. Today’s article is about a terrific New York Times article I read earlier this week that featured an interview with Charles Schwab Corporation C.E.O Walt Bettinger. In the interview there’s some terrific stuff from Bettinger on the lesson he learned from his father about living a principle-driven life, the hardest test he ever took in college (which reminded me of this tweet from Buzz Williams), the nature of leadership, vulnerability, and why he screws up the breakfast orders of potential employees (love this).
But leadership is something completely different. With leadership, you make a decision every day about whether you choose to follow someone. And you make it in your heart, not your head. The ability to inspire followership is so different than management, and it requires transparency, authenticity, vulnerability and all things that are completely unnatural to you when you are trying to build and achieve and accomplish.