Leadership Lessons From the Top

the press, they do little to effectively further political goals.

John W. Rogers Jr., CEO of Chicago-based Ariel Investments and the campaign’s Illinois finance co-chair, recalls times when offensive smear tactics were suggested. “Obama’s vision was to take the high road during the campaign,” he says. “Some of us thought he should go negative toward Hillary Clinton and try to remind people of some of the horrible things that happened during the Clinton administration. He said, ‘Absolutely not. That’s not the campaign I’m going to run. I only want people on board who are going to take the high road as well.’ It took a lot of courage to stick to that commitment.”

Corporate Lesson: It can be easy for an executive to be focused on winning at any cost. In a highly competitive environment, smearing or maligning a fellow executive can feel like fair game, if the goal is to win that highly prized promotion or contract. But as much as the personal objective is to advance your position in an organization, the overall goal is always to work in a manner that will benefit the company. Ron Williams, president, chairman, and CEO of Aetna, likes to remind employees to “attack the problem, not the person.”

This story originally appeared in the March 2009 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

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  • Maryelly

    Let us not allow the health care tyssem remain political alone.Health care plan can always be graded to suit the classes of people on its sensitivity. For example, categorization can stand for the rich, middle class and poor under a socialistic pattern that sounds relevant according to the purchasing power under the one payer tyssem that is of the government besides exceptions of the extremely rich where they are not restricted on private coverings or where employees insurance cover is held by their employers with their independence on it of right or wrong.The point is, there must be an end to the ever emerging political debate on it that has money and its management at the back of it of self interest damaging the national image despite America of its past having one of the best health care tyssems of covers according to many now in the process of being reviewed through reforms where government has come into the picture for it not with a sense of degrading but upgrading it through economic control on expenditure to tide over economic plans with drops of savings on all fronts seen by the economic experts rationally for a national purpose.I would therefore say it is not Obama’s plan, it is the plan of the executive of America that is seen by the President as such and if there are contrary signals to it they have to be supported by logic and logic on a plan that does not exist for its pros and cons on it, excuse my saying falls nothing short of dirty politics on it that America can ill afford of its world wide reputation?I am sure, the lady Michelle with perfect synchronization of her smile with the eyes searching political soul for her government blog would somewhat accept my view or else she can transcend that keeping me out of it because it is a domestic issue for America.I do not write for myself but I simply get grossly involved with the tyssems that I would like readers of my communications to treat as my good weakness! – And nothing else.