The Traditional Leader

He was a traditional leader who hoped for more efficiency in his firm. He heard about my work and thought that I could help this happen. He had no idea I would give him a new leadership philosophy. The beautiful thing about him was that as I began to work with his key people in my workshops, he totally joined in as part of the student body. He needed to be one of them as a student, not the boss simply sitting in. He offered no resistance to remaking his understanding of leadership and the way they all worked together—my kind of leader.

He owned a small airplane, and during our free time together, we flew around the Michigan countryside. I loved being given the opportunity to be behind the wheel.  Being color-blind kept me from flying for the Navy during the 2nd world war. If I did, there would be much about my life which would have changed, so maybe that’s how it was supposed to go. Events do Dictate!

As his firm grew, our relationship blossomed into a friendship in addition to our student/mentor relationship. He insisted I stay at his home on a beautiful lake, so as long as I worked with him and his firm,  I became a member of the family. Whenever friendships like this happen, and it happens often, those relationships become deeper. Talk is more personal. Sitting around the kitchen table is a true equalizer.

To this day, I remember our times together, the workshops, the people, and, of course, our flying together and him turning the wheel over to me. Taking off and landing was always his job, but at least I had a chance to participate and not just observe. Imagine? And making a living too?

People I have met—Most are friends as I am to them—We make this happen


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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