Leadership is less about having all the answers than about asking the right questions. The challenge lies in being able to step back, reflect, and ask the key questions that are critical to your performance and your organization's effectiveness.
Harvard Business School's Robert Kaplan demonstrates a fresh approach to leadership In What to Ask the Person in the Mirror on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Kaplan's method relies on several key questions, among them:
Do I clearly articulate my vision and top priorities to my employees and key constituencies?
Does the way I spend my time enable me to achieve my top priorities?
Do I give subordinates timely and direct feedback they can act on? Do I actively seek feedback myself?
"Reading Rob Kaplan's brilliant new book is like being coached by a great mentor," writes Bill George, author of True North and professor of management practice at Harvard Business School. "Written clearly and lucidly, with dozens of real-world examples, Kaplan's savvy and practical advice results from hundreds of outstanding leaders he has mentored successfully. Don't just read it-incorporate his ideas into your leadership."
Robert Steven Kaplan is a professor of management practice at HBS and former vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group. He is co-chairman of Draper, Richards, and Kaplan, a global venture philanthropy firm. He advises numerous companies around the world.
Admission is free. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.