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Discipline and Practice

The Big Idea for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What can the leaders of large companies learn from the political leaders of developing nations?

The countries that have been successful, Peter Henry argues in today's lesson, are the ones who have shown discipline and clarity. This produces trust, and ultimately helps them turn their economies around. 

"When leaders of corporations demonstrate the kind of discipline and clarity that the best leaders in emerging economies display in turning around their countries," Henry argues, "then just as those key citizens that needed to buy in to the change of direction in countries did so because they trusted their leaders, the employees, the stakeholders, the shareholders of corporations will also trust the leaders of corporations."

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 What First World Businesses Can Learn from Third World Economies
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 The Value of Creating Trust
    Dov Seidman
  3. 3 Defining Reverse Innovation
    Vijay Govindarajan
  4. 4 When We’re Shown Trust, Our Brains Motivate Us To Be Trustworthy
    Paul Zak
 

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