Leadership #1

I’ve written umpteen papers on Leadership. Yet, I feel compelled to write more about one of the world’s great problems. One that is not dealt with in ways I will suggest in the following pages. Of course, all that I write is me expressing what I firmly believe, so agree or disagree; I’m fine, and you’re fine. 

A revisit: I often write that when I first began to work with professionals and entrepreneurs (it was 1975), I was invited to help with staff problems. I was shocked to witness that the leader is absolutely the problem and not their personnel. I was shocked because I was “that” leader for the prior 27 years. In other words, I was totally blind to being any problem and problem creator. My staff, which at one time numbered 100, needed all the care and training I could give them. This, I did do.

I had no choice but to become a serious student of “LEADERSHIP,” which led me to “POWER.”  Again, to repeat, I became the best student I have ever been. Philosophy, Psychology, History, Lots of Old & New Testament— In fact, I read and took notes from every possible source. I left nothing to chance or my own experiences. I needed to know what the great thinkers thought and wrote on the subjects. I do not have one, but I think I earned a Doctorate ten times over.

Now, what did I learn? I learned that a leader could become a “good leader” regardless of their past attributes, behavior, and life experiences. I learned that all the military academies and universities that teach leadership are blowing smoke if what they teach are methods and techniques, including how to look and say things differently.

I think I know where I’m going with this, but it may take a few more papers why I call this “1.”


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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