I asked Eddie to tell me the most important thing he had learned about leadership and how he learned it.
Here is his answer:
Just talking about things doesn’t mean they will happen. You have to take action and, above all, empower your team to move forward and take the flak for them when they do.
I learned this the hard way; by seeing that my good ideas didn’t get put into practice just because I told people about them and we passed motions in meetings. I had to do some work; not just think great thoughts.
Eddie went on to add this second lesson:
If you are a leader, how would you answer the question? What has been your most significant leadership learning?