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Quote of the Day :: 02.20.08

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

– Ralph Nader

February 20, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Thisis one of those statements that sounds good on the surface but I’m not sure it makes a lot of sense. There is not leadership without followers. If a leader is doing a great job, others will want to follow him or her.

    Comment by Steve Rosenbaum | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. I agree – if you have no followers, you aren’t really leading. And, again you’re correct, a good leader who leads well, will always have followers. On the other hand, as a leader, I make it my goal to continue developing those followers into leaders to lead both here and lead elsewhere. As we multiply ourselves we have greater impact in our own organization and beyond. Thanks for good input Steve.

    Comment by Rich Landosky | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. I tend to disagree with Steve. I don’t think Nader is saying that you won’t have followers. Rather, a leader who wants only followers is probably not doing his job very well. He’s creating a bunch of followers who are going to be dependent upon his leadership.

    I read the statement as saying that part of Nader’s view of leadership is that you are always looking for others you can help become leaders. A leader isn’t reproducing if he only gathers followers. He become reproductive only when other people who have followed him become leaders in their own right.

    Comment by John Strain | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  4. According to John Maxwell” If you think you are a leader and no one is following you are just taking a walk”…

    Comment by Bill | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  5. I agree with Bill. Remember the expression..too many cooks spoil the broth. When everyone is a leader..noone is a leader. Being a follower is not a bad thing if you’re following a good leader.

    Comment by Steve Rosenbaum | February 20, 2008 | Reply

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