This fictional short story is this author’s attempt at using a bit of humor to address a subject of profound significance: the leader’s need to ensure that they practice the most fundamental and important elements of leadership. Although fictional, many will relate to this story, which at times admittedly, takes on an autobiographical feel.
This is the third book in the Legacy Leader series. The first – “The Legacy Leader” – began with my thesis that, of all the traits a leader can and must posses, only two are non-negotiable. Those two non-negotiable qualities of a leader are character and integrity. It also addressed what can be labeled as the mechanics of leadership. The second book in the ‘The Legacy Leader Series’ is “Breakthrough Thinking.” It addressed what the leader must do to drive teams to accomplish things they would have initially thought impossible.
In this third volume – The Leader’s Lobotomy – we will prick the memories of leaders who, having reached positions of significant responsibility in their organizations, suddenly, and without warning, develop the horrible disease called PIA – Promotion Induced Amnesia. Fortunately, there is an effective antidote to PIA. For leaders who are self aware, and who possess healthy levels of emotional intelligence, PIA is rarely fatal. However, not all are so lucky, and PIA has sadly become the leading cause of premature termination of many leaders.
In this story, Ted, Jim’s Corporate Guardian Angel (CGA), tutors Jim – a newly promoted executive - on important leadership fundamentals to ensure that he does not become infected with PIA and suffer the same ill fate as other, less fortunate, leaders. In his own unique and sometimes humorously sarcastic style, Ted helps Jim to practice timeless leadership principles that have been the cornerstone of other successful leaders.