Minding the gap
Phil Morettini has had a long and interesting career with a focus not only in engineering and technology but also the business side of a wide variety of companies. He has also been part of a number of start ups and consulting firms to help turn companies around again. In the more advanced part of his career, he is hired to be a change agent that will be in a leadership position of a company short term to help fix problems. This gives Phil the expertise and experience to understand a few unique points about leadership.
One of his more interesting points about being a leader is this idea that one must learn to be a good follower. Most people in a company have a boss or bosses as well as some people that are below them that they are leading. If one can’t follow, it is hard to lead. Not only can not following seem contradictory to others, following is part of being a great leader and provides credibility.
Phil has had some good wins in his career. The two mentioned both relate to a similar situation of being in a position where the company is shutting down a division where he has been placed into the leadership position. Being able to turn these around to become profitable, viable, long term businesses is something he is proud of. He mentions that it is a mixture of perseverance and luck that contribute to having the ability to do this. One must be able to persevere and focus on the things that need to be done.
In terms of failures, Phil understands that there is more to learn from failing than being successful most of the time. Learning to be reflective of these failures can be helpful is his number one leadership training point.
He leaves the interview with a few key points to consider about leadership. Being able to focus on the things that matter is an extremely important skill. Find a mentor to avoid having to learn all alone. Observe how others are reaching success. Again, be a good follower to become a great leader.
This is a great interview with Phil Morettini, motivational speaker on the special challenges of interim leadership. Even if you are not an interim leader this will give you insights into make a great impression quickly and effectively.
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