What can school leaders learn from Robert Townsend?

From the Sandpit...

Yesterday I watched this TED talk by Bob Davids who was talking about management/leadership and who inspired him as a leader. He spoke of Robert Townsend former CEO of ‘AVIS rent a car’ and his book ‘Up the organisation’, first published in the 1960s and seen as somewhat of a bible for business leaders, even today. Intrigued I downloaded it, “Townsend was one of the first modern corporate leaders, one who manifested vision, integrity, courage in a consistent pattern of behaviour that inspired trust, motivation, responsibility, on the part of the followers who in turn become leaders themselves.” Townsend’s book is controversial in places, humourous, challenges convention and an A-Z of interesting leadership tips. So what can school leaders learn from this corporate maverick?

  1. Time. The most important currency of leadership is time. If you commit your time to your people and create an atmosphere and a perception of fairness, you will earn their respect, and your organisation will achieve results far beyond anyone’s expectations.

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