August 23, 2010

Leadership in 5 Lines

British Petroleum is without any doubt a case study in botched leadership. A few months ago, I found this gem on the CNN homepage. Ill let the image speak for itself before I opine:

Whereas the universally despised former BP CEO Tony Hayward insists "many to blame," the new boss Bob Dudley says there's "lots to learn." What a contrast. I know headlines can be deceptive, but seeing this juxtaposition pretty much sums up the point for me: Leadership is all about the attitude we bring to life's ups and downs.