Leadership: Nothing Has Changed

Embedded below is a great 4 minute video of Tom Peters on the definition of leadership. The essence is captured by Robert Altman’s lifetime achievement Oscar acceptance speech: "The director allows an actor to become more than they’ve ever dreamed of being."

Peters also says that people often ask him about the key to leadership in the 21st century. He says "nothing has changed." The key to leadership in the 21st century B.C. is the same as it is in the 21st century A.D. Yes!

Tom Peters on the Definition of Leadership from Tom Peters on Vimeo.

4 Responses to Leadership: Nothing Has Changed

  1. Sorry to be such a contrarian.

    I thought Tom Peters’ performance was off key. His hyperactive hand gestures were distracting and interfered with the communication of his ideas.

    As you said, the essence is captured by Robert Altman’s acceptance speech, so Peters’ comments seemed overwrought.

    With the sound off he looks like a maniac.;-)

  2. stetoscope says:

    I do agree with Peter : leadership is always about getting people better in a team than alone.

    Nevertheless the style is changing. The common idea “a leader is a charismatic person” is changing. We have all heard about the style of Zuckerberg. It is a real rupture with the jobs-Balmer style…

  3. commoner says:

    “I thought Tom Peters’ performance was off key. His hyperactive hand gestures were distracting and interfered with the communication of his ideas.”

    He is a little overenthusiastic, but I always am impressed when older people can summon such passion and enthusiasm, despite the many issues old age brings. If you look and talk like that at his age, you may consider yourself a very lucky man. I thought he was speaking from the heart, a rare and beautiful thing. If more people were so honest, our world would look entirely different.

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