The enduring relevance of Warren and Charlie and why they still matter.
Or do they?
If you don’t own Poor Charlie’s Almanack, you might want to give it a try. It is a tome of simple yet profound insights into business and leadership. You can open it on any page and take out at least one or two big ideas from the copy. The book is printed in a fun and easily digestible way so it’s light and easy to read but has heavy-weight value.
I was fortunate enough to have two incredible grandfathers who were gentlemen in the old-fashioned sense of the word: manners, humility, courage, deference etc. So I am naturally inclined to Warren and Charlie and their understated, classical ways.
Should you be too?
It depends on your own style and intentions as a CEO or business leader. Is your leadership ‘genius’ one that suits Buffett and Munger’s way of being? If so, they are wonderful models of leadership to follow.
However, if your ‘genius’ doesn’t mirror theirs, while there might be a concept or methodology they follow that will be valuable to you, they won’t work for you as a leadership model.
The point is this: while it is useful to read about leadership, there is no sustainably effective or joyful way to lead by mimicking other leaders. Your leadership style, tone, approach, language and attitude needs to match your own natural talents so that leading is effortless due to its authenticity.
Notwithstanding Warren and Charlie’s track record and the neat way their leadership wisdom is captured in Charlie’s book, you might need to look elsewhere for leadership inspiration if theirs doesn’t match your own.
Aim high with your business ambitions and lead with joy.