I’ve spent a little time recently remembering Walter Cronkite.
I was just a kid when he dominated nightly news, but I’ve always felt like Mr. Cronkite was someone with whom I would really like to have dinner.
Every report I’ve read, every broadcast I’ve seen and every montage piece produced since his death has included some version of this idea:
“Walter Cronkite loved being Walter Cronkite, but it was never about him.”
Every leadership development program should include some version of that quote.
It’s not about you; it’s about the Customers you serve.
It’s not about you; it’s about the people you lead.
It’s not about you; it’s about the students who look to you as an example.
NY Daily News Editor & Columnist Lion Calandra met Walter Cronkite as an intern, and said this about him in a recent piece:
He asked more questions than he answered.
He wanted to know what was on my mind.
I can’t imagine a list of good leadership skills not including those thoughts.
Interested in being a more effective leader? Take a couple tips from Walter:
Ask more questions.
And always remember – it’s not about you.