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In his book, The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker pointed out that effective executive is person who focuses on making a contribution.
This focus on making of contribution is key. And key to effectiveness comes in three areas:
1. in a person's work, its content, its level, its standards, and its impacts;
2. in his relationships with others, his superiors, his associates, and his subordinates; and
3. in his use of tools of executive, such as meetings and reports.
The executive who focuses on efforts and who stresses his authority downwards is a subordinate no matter how exalted his title and rank might be.