I could not let Trafalgar Day pass by without a Nelsonian post. I discovered a brilliant essay on the Nelson Touch by Eric Beaudan, Leadership Practice Leader at Odgers, Ray and Berndtson in Toronto, Canada. The essay begins with the Battle of Trafalgar and then characterizes Nelson’s leadership approach as “creative execution.”
Creative execution has five ingredients and is an apt description of “the Nelson Touch.”
- A unique strategy, understood by everyone
- Candid dialog
- Clear roles and accountabilities
- Bold action, and
- Visible leadership.
Beaudan is publishing a book shortly, entitled Creative Execution. One of the chapters is “Nelson at Trafalgar.” It is a longer, more detailed version of the essay described above. The chapter contains a lot more background on the historical circumstances, naval warfare, the Battle of Trafalgar and Nelson himself. I had the privilege of reading a draft. I was very impressed and am eagerly awaiting the publication of the book. Watch out for a forthcoming review in this blog.