Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Giuliani on Leadership: Seeing For Yourself

While mayor, I made it my policy to see with my own eyes the scene of every crisis so I could evaluate it firsthand. It was a lesson I learned from a detective named Carl Began. Back when I was a young assistant U.S. Attorney, Detective Bogan investigated many of the cases for our office. He always underlined the importance of seeing things with your own eyes, saving that all kinds of things would suggest themselves—the alibi witness could not possibly have slammed the door of the red building because the red building had a revolving door, and so on.

Rudolph W Giuliani with Ken Kurso, Leadership, (London: Time Warner, 2002), 4

Image: Rudy Giuliani.