“Leading from the front” is the title of the chapter which deals with the concept of leadership and explains why there are leadership issues. Leadership depends on situations and firms: there is not a scientific formula which enables to become a good leader. Leadership is about authenticity and the capacity to inspire colleagues a winning state of mind:
“Sir Winston Churchill was a strong and decisive leader as British Prime Minister throughout the Second World War, but he was unsuccessful during the ensuing peace time and was soon replaced”.
Nowadays, “the difference between success and failure these days is marginal, so every initiative accounts”. There are plenty of examples of bad leadership from the Enron scandal to the too ambitious superior, who takes advantage of colleagues and brings a bad atmosphere in the firm. Firms have a role to play in the creation of leadership. Indeed, they have to try to create leaders who fit with the values of the company:
“GE identifies promising leaders early, and makes leadership development part of the culture. Eli Lilly chooses assignments strategically for its upcoming leaders. Nokia takes the approach of developing leaders within their current jobs, and developing teams, not just individuals.”
In the book Dynamic Supply Chains, all these leadership problematic are introduced and explained thoroughly.