Anna Wintour: ‘Even If I’m Completely Unsure, I’ll Pretend’

The recently minted Condé Nast artistic director shared some leadership tips with moderator Les Moonves as part of the 2013 Women’s Wear Daily CEO Summit. And what better place, really, since it was after a talk by Karl Lagerfeld at the 2012 edition of this event that the whole idea of adding to Wintour’s Vogue responsibilities took root.

FishbowlNY’s favorite passed-along Wintour tidbit in WWD media reporter Erik Maza’s write-up reads as follows:

“I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”

Wintour credits this sleight-of-leadership approach to her father Charles, a former editor at London’s Evening Standard. Her remark brings to mind that famous old quote – “The most important thing in acting is honesty; once you learn to fake that, you’re in” – which was improperly attributed in the early 1980s by newspaper columnist Stanley Fish to Hollywood studio mogul Sam Goldwyn. If you want the real skinny on the traceable origins of that phrase, click here.

[Photo of Wintour at July 2013 Dramatically Different event in NYC: Lev Radin/]

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Anna Wintour Sits Near Cool People
Anna Wintour’s Hand of Death Hovers Over Glamour
Anna Wintour: Editor Assassin