The Golden Globes of Leadership
Watching the Golden Globes last night, I was struck by how much time, attention and money goes into TV and movie entertainment. And I’m wondering why we don’t have a big award ceremony for Leaders. Certainly leadership is as important as entertainment. We could all dress up in our best business clothes (or t-shirt for you startup folks), eat and drink a lot, see our colleagues from near and far. And we could salute the best leaders of the year, highlighting their accomplishments with great videos and music. We could hear long boring and sometimes vulnerable thank you speeches from the winners.
We could have categories like Best Fortune 100 Leader, Best startup leader, Best Nonprofit Director or Best Political Leader (Bill Clinton got a lot of cheers at the Globes). How about Best Supporting Leader? The top dogs couldn’t do it without some great help from below. We could add some interesting categories like Best Leader who pulled it out at the last second or Best Leader you thought was going to fail and didn’t. How about Leader with Most Integrity, Creativity or Most Compelling Vision? The possibilities are endless.
Actually I think I should do this! Until then, I have a new video series highlighting some successful leaders that I have been fortunate to work with. The first interviews are with Christian Rommel, previous CSO of Intellikine, a startup biotech that was acquired last January for up to $310MM. In this clip, he talks about the need for leadership development in the fast paced, innovative world of biotech startups. Enjoy! Dressing up, food and drink optional.