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George Steinbrenner Was A… Or Was He?

Consumed => “Why the Powerful Can Be So Rude” by Jeffrey Pfeffer on HBR.org (Harvard Business Review).

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/07/when_powerful_people_like_stei.html

Took a moment and left a comment…

1) First, the definition of success here while universally accepted in the world of baseball (i.e., World Series victories, acquiring worldly goods, etc.) needs to be placed in the broader context. In short, do we all even agree he was successful? How many of us would have traded places with him? And liked it?

2) One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. From what I can gather here Steinbrenner was very specific about his expectations. Very specific. Failing to meet those goals are not “snap decisions”, are they? Nor does that make him rude, in I’m presuming there was often a point where he was repeating himself. Is that rude, or annoyed? I’m not familiar with the intimate details of his biography but I recall few times where people have said, “… without warning…” when describing something he did. They knew what was coming. They might not have liked it, but they knew. Steinbrenner was his own messenger and got shot quite often for it, no?

Mind you, I’m not defending his style. But anyone who got on board his ship knew exactly what to expect and what was expected of them as employees. From his place on the org chart, is that not one of the fundamentals of great leadership?

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