Tuesday, February 1, 2011
On being a leader
Leaders lead others by leading themselves first.
Leadership requires faith more than fact, will more than skill.
Leaders are led by values, by purpose, by a strong desire to continuously learn.
Leaders influence rather than impress, contribute rather than just accomplish.
Leaders work to have an impact, not to leave an impression.
Leaders inspire, initiate, influence.
Leaders possess courage, conviction, humility, and passion.
Leaders are curious like scientists, inquisitive like philosophers.
Leaders are designers, stewards and teachers – responsible for learning.
Leaders can choose to be followers: willing to listen and take advice.
Leadership is a relationship. Leadership is personal.
The purpose of leaders is to mobilize others to serve a purpose.
Leaders understand that conquering others is power, conquering the self is strength.
What matters is how you matter.
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts”
Henry David Thoreau – American writer and philosopher
I’ll gladly elaborate on the above in separate essays appearing on this blog.