Tuesday, November 10, 2009

i-TFTD #227: On Being a Leader

i-TFTD #227: On Being a Leader

#227-1. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
-John Quincy Adams

2. The leader is the person who is able to take credit for things that happen on their own.

3. Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about  inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership  is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of  others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
-Lance Secretan

We tend to think of leadership as getting others to do something and acquire ways to induce others. Inspiring others to act can be done in many ways, some active and some passive, some by saying or doing something ourselves, others by not saying or by not doing.

Amidst the positive reminders, I find the Dilbert-ian sarcasm a healthy dose of humour that can also make us pause and wonder if we are guilty of the kinds of behaviour that Scott Adams spoofs about.

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