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2 Parts of Leadership

Talking to one of my younger colleagues about a new leadership role she's going to be taking up in our company we broke down leadership into two parts – a "tactical" part and a "talent" part.

We took Barack Obama's "Yes we can!" as a example of how a leader of millions does it. The "talent" to energise millions of people is an intrinsic skill of leaders, which in my humble opinion, contrary to others, can be developed. But like all talents, say music or a sport, it takes time, persistence and dedication to learn.

To say sound bytes and fire millions of people up is however not the end of leaders' duty to his people. It has to be followed up by several "tactical" measures, so that the message sticks, and produces the desired outcomes. President Obama had to choose a perfect platform to let the message out, work the media, explain himself to the extent necessary, embed those 3 words, like invisible ink, into the spirit of his policies and even show his people "how they can" – in other words, his tactics had to match up his brilliant "Yes we can".

I wish our youngest leader all the best into a careful and successful launch into a career of leadership.

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