Perhaps leadership is something which is as much “caught” as it is “taught”. Reading leadership stories is one way for the essence of leadership to be caught. Hope you enjoy this short motivational story about IBM’s Tom Watson Jr.
Tom Watson Jr., CEO of IBM between 1956 and 1971, was a key figure in the information revolution. Watson repeatedly demonstrated his abilities as a leader, never more so than in this example.
A young executive had made some bad decisions that cost the company several million dollars. He was summoned to Watson’s office, fully expecting to be dismissed. As he entered the office, the young executive said, “I suppose after that set of mistakes you will want to fire me.” Watson was said to have replied,
“Not at all, young man, we have just spent a couple of million dollars educating you.”
An essentional characteristic of inspirational leaders? Being able to see things differently!