No less an authority than the Washington Post has assured us that there are leadership gurus and that you can become one. The newspaper has started a series called "Getting to Guru," an aspirational title if ever there was one. Here's how they describe the series.
"an ongoing series of interviews with prominent leadership experts in which we talk about the industry, the advice they have for new authors and the tools they’ve used to carve their careers."
Wow. But what exactly, I wondered, is a "guru." A quick Google search turned up a site where freelancers offer their wares, a rap musician, a movie, an energy drink, a software product, an animation studio, a restaurant, and several definitions. Those were all on the first couple of pages.
I also found a site that promised "TOP WORLD'S TOP 30 LEADERSHIP PROFESIONAL'S for 2012." I admit that it was hard to be serious about a list put together by someone who can cram a usage error, a grammatical error, and a spelling error into an eight word headline, but I was desperate.
I should have listened to those warning bells. It was a list of top leadership gurus that had people I've never heard of in the top ten. Marcus Buckingham was number 28. Gary Hamel didn't make the list. I suspect a flawed methodology.
Via Kevin Watson, David Hain