Della Bradshaw, The Financial Times Business Education editor.
I think I have found a new best friend in Professor Fernando Bartolome. Like him I have serious problems with the idea of teaching leadership, though perhaps for very different reasons.....
I went to a lunch a couple of weeks ago to hear Jack Welch publicise his new book and the question of leadership arose in the context of Hurricane Katerina. He said there was no leadership in New Orleans because nobody took control of the situation when the tragedy happened - everyone was out of town. So, is turning up and taking responsibility enough to make you a leader?
As journalists we turn up and take responsibility for the things we write on a daily basis. Does this make us great leaders? I suggested this to the people on my team and they just sniggered.
A professor at London Business School once explained the three rules of leadership to me.
1. Know who you are
2. Know the people who work for you
3. Know how to motivate them
I fell at the first hurdle - far too scary. And I know what will motivate the people who work for me - more money. I'm just not authorised to give them any.
Leadership? I think it's a myth.