November 11, 2008

News & Opinion: In the end, it's all personal.

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 5:56 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

A few months ago, I interviewed Umesh Ramakrishnan, author of There's No Elevator to the Top (hitting bookstores this week). A snippet of the interview (not verbatim): ME: You end the book with what I think leadership is all about. That, in the end, it's is all personal -- how do you think leadership changed and challenged the people you interviewed? UMESH: I think in most cases it humbled them. When you finally discover that the buck really stops with you, that almost every decision you make can't go anywhere else and that decision affects hundreds or thousands of other people. You feel that sense of responsibility. You can find the full interview over on our podcasts blog.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.