Reading Prahalad’s column in the Jan/Feb edition of Harvard Business Review, I was struck by the timelessness of Prahalad’s notes for managers (written in 1977) and St Ignatius Loyola’s principles for leaders (written in 1500s).
For Loyola – successful leaders:
- cultivate self-awareness and seek to understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses
- innovate and adapt to a changing world
- engage others with a caring attitude and tapping into their potential
- energise others by setting the bar high
For Prahalad – responsible managers:
- are committed to their own learning and development
- display humility, care and courage
- are inclusive
- realise the importance of loyalty
- assume responsibility for outcomes as well as for processes and people
- balance achievement with compassion and learning with understanding
What lessons can principals learn from good managers and vice versa?