‘Drucker Apps’ 6/24/10: Off The Leaderboard

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University today added a new topic to Drucker Apps, an ongoing conversation about bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership.

This latest addition to Drucker Apps was inspired by the recent Capitol Hill appearance of British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward —and the questions now swirling about Hayward’s leadership.

Taking part in this running dialogue will be former Southwest and Braniff Airlines CEO Howard Putnam; Stanford University professor and author Jeffrey Pfeffer; and others with insights into effective leadership.

The way Peter Drucker saw things, accepting responsibility is one of the primary requirements of any leader. The best “see leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege,” Drucker wrote. “Effective leaders are rarely ‘permissive.’ But when things go wrong—and they always do—they do not blame others. . . . An effective leader knows that he, and no one else, is ultimately responsible.”