Saturday, May 31, 2008

Jack Welch and the 4E's of Leadership.

Jack Welch and the 4E's of Leadership.


Effective leadership has passion. By passion it does not mean you are loud or flamboyant but something from deep inside. Passion cannot be taught or learned. The best way to be passionate is to hire people who share your excitement for the job at hand.

Energy gives results if there are no compexities, all the bureaucratic layers are done away with.

People become passionate and contribute if they are given the platform to be heard.


The leader energises, they are energisers. As energisers they inspire, mobilize people to act, and spark others to perform. They do not engage in turf wars, operate in silos, or tolertae backbiting behavior.

People respond to them, and these reponses make them very effective.These people are like gardeners who instead of spreading fertilizers and water spread confidence.

Leadership is the ability to articulate a vision and the ability to get others to act on that vision.

The 4E leader makes sure that good ideas are surfaced celebrated, and acted upon.


Individual with edge have a competitive spirit and know the value of speed. They are confident ; they know when to green light or red light a project or acquisition.

The effective leaders get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus, and then figure out where to drive it.

The leaders with edge are very similar to the sports stars. They always win whether it is the customers or market place.These leaders can only flourish if you have differentiation. You differentiate these leaders and reward them according to their victories.


Individual with the 4 E get the things done.They consistently deliver in many cases not only meeting the goal but blowing them away. They realise that the first three Es are of little value unless they are leveraged to produce results.

The leaders, understand that there is no subsitute for achievement. They develop their expertise and do the job better then anyone else. They know that the performance has to be delivered today and not in the future. They do their job better than anyone else before thinking of promotion.

Narayan Murthi -Infosys

Energy to work hard especially during the initial phases of Infosys to build a world class IT company and then not to rest in the laurel but beat one milestone after the another.

Energises - The best performance of Murthi, he has created a vision of the company which will be unique in terms of value system, wealth sharing and quality.

Edge- Infosys has a edge , it is considered to be different, better, smarter than the other IT companies. Thanks to Murthi who has always recognised that the people who are performing, should be differentiated and be rewarded accordingly so much so that the salaries of the certain employees are higher than the Managing director

Execution- Infosys surely by showing the double digit growth, beating the projections on revenue and profit definitely focuses on execution.

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