An example of “leadership perspective” . . .

In my last posting I started a discussion on Total Quality and how it is time to expand the focus of quality onto Total Quality Leadership, or as a reply from a reader termed it: TQM 2.0 (I like that!).

One of the Three “Must”-keteers of TQM 2.0 is Quality of Leadership and I described one of the attributes that separates a leader from a manager as the organizational “perspective” they take on.  I liken this to the thoughts of Seth Godin when he says that writers write, teachers teach and leaders lead.  That’s the job.  It’s not a title, it’s all about what they do. So to me the leadership perspective goes beyond the individual’s functional responsibilities to encompass the success of the enterprise.  That’s the leadership perspective.

Let me share with you a very recent example of an individual who to me carries inside of him the quality of leadership I am talking about. His name is Halit Turgay and he is a Professor of Music (flute is his specialty) at the Istanbul University State Conservatory.  Besides being a stunning flutist he also has a leadership perspective.

Halit played at our music festival in the south of France this year.  He was hired to perform at two concerts out of the five scheduled.  That was his job, to show up and perform for the audience.  But Halit carries the DNA of leadership that goes beyond just his job.  Halit saw a need and filled it, without being asked and without being compensated for it.

Several of the pieces to be performed by a young piano trio (piano, violin and cello) were extremely difficult, especially the J. S. Bach “Trio Sonata et basso continuo en E minor” and the Astor Piazzolla “Primavra Portena”.  Halit saw the kids struggling with the rhythm and integration of the various parts and took it upon himself to coach and teach them right up to the time of the concerts.   They performed brilliantly and the concerts were a great success.

Those with “leadership perspective” see a need and fill it.

I’d enjoy hearing about other examples of “leadership perspective” from your experience.

Tight Lines .  . .

John R Childress

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About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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1 Response to An example of “leadership perspective” . . .

  1. halit turgay says:

    Thank you for your comment. Halit Turgay


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