This comprehensive resource examines lessons from the private sector, provides case studies of "star" principals, and offers reflection questions for more effective application of leadership principles.

Get the Right People on the Bus

Get the right people on the bus

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

—Oprah Winfrey, entertainer (1954–)

Collins (2001) found that the Level 5 Executives first got the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats, and only then did they figure out where to drive the bus. CEOs of corporations studied by Collins did not need to ask permission to personally fire, demote, or reassign personnel who were not right for the organization. They just did it. In this way, they could take disciplined action ...

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