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Leadership How has your leadership style evolved? Answered by Joseph Plumeri , Willis Group   I was once a command-and-control guy, but the environment's different today. I think now it's a question  of making people feel they're making a contribution, and they're part of the process. In the end, you're still directing  the process, but you're allowing for the collaboration and debate to take place, which in a command-and-control  environment doesn't happen. A command-and-control environment is where you have a meeting and you say, "This is  what I think, what do you think?" The good news about that was there was no question about where we're going, and  what we were going to do. And if it works, that's terrific. The problem is when it doesn't work, and people start to  grow and feel like they've got more to contribute, it wears out. I think that's what happened to that whole command- and-control approach. This answer originally appeared in On Passion and Playing in Traffic »   What made you start out as a command-and-control leader? Answered by Joseph Plumeri , Willis Group   My key role models were very strong individuals. And then you add your own personality, which in my  case is big dreams, anything's possible, zeal and work 24 hours a day. But you get to a point where you realize not  everybody wants to work seven days a week, and not everybody has this as their main passion in life. And you find  that you can wear people down by being overly zealous, and what you think is motivating is de-motivating. I thought I  was being exciting. I thought I was being motivational. And as it turns out, being too exciting and too motivational is  overbearing, and it turns people off. You justify it by saying, if they can capture my zeal and my passion, that's a good  thing. But you've got to make sure that you don't turn up the music to the point where it's so loud that they don't want  to hear it. This answer originally appeared in On Passion and Playing in Traffic »   What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned? Answered by Judith Jamison , Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  
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Let people do things. If they do it better than you, let them do it. You have to recognize that in order for  this plane to fly, I need co-pilots, I need engineers, I need passengers. This answer originally appeared in Don’t Ask ‘How Are You?’ Unless You Mean It »   How did you learn that? Answered by
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