Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day :: 06.30.08

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

– Will Rogers

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Quote of the Day :: 06.27.08

We cannot expect people to do the right thing unless they know the right thing to do.

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Quote of the Day :: 06.25.08

The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew every time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

– George Bernard Shaw

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Quote of the Day :: 06.23.08

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.

– Winston Churchill

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Quote of the Day :: 06.20.08

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.

– Milton Friedman

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Quote of the Day :: 06.18.08

The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.

– Peter Drucker

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Quote of the Day :: 06.16.08

Leaders need to have sharp eyes to see the culture as it is, to see the intricacies of human relationships, and to see what lies on the horizon.

– Kevin Harney

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Quote of the Day :: 06.13.08

You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Quote of the Week :: 06.11.08

A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying out responsibility.

– Jules Ormont

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Tuesday Thoughts :: 06.10.08

The book I’m currently reading, Leadership From the Inside Out, speaks of the movie Braveheart and some of the leadership examples we can learn from several characters in that movie regarding how we lead people.  The book offers some self-examination questions for leaders to ask themselves with regard to the kind of leader they are.  Read through this and examine your own heart and the kind of leader that you are and need to become.

Am I a leader like Wallace, like the nobles, or like Longshanks?  Take some time to reflect on this question.  Honestly look at your leadership life, your motives, and how you relate (or don’t relate) to people.

A leader like Wallace. Am I first onto the battlefield?  Do I labor and fight side-by-side with the people I lead?  Are people devoted to me because they know I love them and would lay down my life for them?

A leader like the nobles. Do I see the people I lead as means to help me maintain my position?  Do I treat people like stepping-stones to advance myself?  Do I sense that the people I lead don’t really trust me because they can see that I care more about myself than about them?

A leader like Longshanks? Do I stand back, out of the fray, and let the people I lead do all the hard work?  Do I see people as dispensable, as pawns on my chessboard?  Have I allowed my heart to become so hard that I don’t care when the people I lead are hurting, weary, or broken?

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