As indicated by a prior Tech Razor post, I’m a fan of the weekly “Corner Office” column, which appears every Sunday in the Business section of the NY Times. Through a very lean interview format that focuses on his subjects’ approach to leadership, management and hiring, Adam Bryant, who conducts the interviews and edits the column, is able to distill some truly insightful musings from top executives across a wide range of industries.
Bryant has now compiled many of these interviews into a book, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed. While Bryant’s subjects include business luminaries such as Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, Carol Bartz of Yahoo and Alan Mulally of Ford, there are as many gems of leadership wisdom offered up by less well-known leaders such as Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Wendy Kopp, the founder and CEO of Teach for America. This collection is well worth the investment of time to pore through it.
In the following short video, Bryant discusses his observation that five key attributes set these top performing business leaders apart from others.