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    Values-Driven Leadership by Bob McDonald, CEO of P&G

    Today, Bob McDonald, CEO of P&G gave an inspiring speech on Values-Driven Leadership at the Distinguished Speaker's Series hosted by the Williams College of Business at Xavier University.  The essence of his speech is as follows:

    1. Living a life driven by PURPOSE is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction.
    2. Everyone wants to SUCCEED and success is contagious.
    3. Putting people in the right jobs is one of the the most important tasks of a leader.
    4. CHARACTER is the most important trait of a leader and personal responsibility an important component.
    5. Diverse groups of people are more INNOVATIVE than homegenous groups.
    6. Ineffective strategies, systems, and culture are bigger barriers to ACHIEVEMENT than the talents of people.
    7. There will be some people who don't make it on the journey and they should still be treated with respect.
    8. Organizations must RENEW themselves.
    9. RECRUITING is a top priority.
    10. The true test of a leader is the PERFORMANCE of an organization when he/she is absent.

    For those of you who are familiar with the Personal Leadership Institute, you will find his words consistent with our beliefs, assumptions, and actions.  In fact, we believe he could have written a large part of our website and supporting materials, and we could have written his speech (although not delivered it as eloquently as he did!).

    At the end of his speech, Bob, also mentioned the importance of social responsibility.  It is so refreshing to hear a CEO of a major organization speaking about values-driven leadership AND social responsibility.

    Rock on, Bob!


    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.
    The Deeper Leadership Institute



    Personal Capacity Building

    Our topic today is personal capacity building.   It seems to me that personal leadership is the umbrella for our personal capacity building.  Specifically, under the rubric of one's own leadership of self, one can examine whether muscles need to be strengthened in the areas of:

    personal finance

    relationship dynamics

    life work balance

    career issues



    cultural adaptability

    Many programs and organizations encourage folks to just jump into one of these areas and strengthen the chosen one.  At the Personal Leadership Institute, we advocate a holistic approach whereby we deconstruct who you are and what your life is like and then build it to your specifications with your existing strengths and passions.  Usually what emerges from this process are areas where individuals want to build more capacity and thus from that organic process we are able to do very targeted, SUSTAINABLE work!  I put the word sustainable in caps because we feel this is the missing element to personal growth work and leadership development work.  How often have you attended a great training, workshop or even more extensive learning situation and yet within days, months or years, you have not retained what seemed so important at the time.  We find that happens all too often.  Yet, if you build your personal capacity and you have a plan that is tailored to your guiding values and passions, then it is ingrained in you.  And, in fact, we advocate that you have a plan for constantly revising and revisiting your personal leadership plan. 

    It's your life.  Are you going to just live it, or LEAD it?!!



    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute