Sunday, September 14, 2008

Great Leadership's Best Leader Contest

There's a lot of boss bashing going on these days.


Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, holds a "bad boss" contest every year in which people tell their bad-boss stories. The three best (worst?) just got published published. Take a look at the "winners".

There's a site called "badbossology", kind of a resouce for strategies on how to cope with a difficult boss, and there's "bigbadboss.com, with more of the same.

And when I first started this blog, I piled on with my list of the "Worst Leaders of All Time".

Being a manager makes you an easy target. And while I'm sure there are a lot of bad bosses out there, I'll bet there's even more leaders that day in and day out are doing their best to enable their organizations and employees achieve extraordinary results.

So, with National Bosses Day coming up on October 16th, I thought I'd run a "Best Boss" contest. (Actually, it's more of a "best leader" contest, given that "boss" is really a double SOB spelled backwards.)

Please leave a comment or send me an email with a brief description of that leader in your life that enabled you to achieve extraordinary results. Someone who inspired you, helped your grow, and made a difference.

It could be a current or former manager, coach, or anyone in a leadership position.

Please also let me know what you learned from that person about leadership. What did that person do or say that taught you a valuable lesson about leadership that you carry with you today?

I'll select and publish the winner and two runner-ups in time for Boss's Day on October 16.

The winner will receive a set of two recent leadership books (sent to be by the author's publicists):

"Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands", lessons in non-linear leadership, by Nancy Ortberg,

and "Lead Well and Prosper", 15 strategies for becoming a good manager, by Nick McCormack.

Oh - and win or lose - why not send a note to that person and let them know you nominated them.

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