Leadership



The Leadership Challenge
Most people think that there is a lot of competition for leadership roles. Despite the competition, there are more people who are not willing to lead than there are people willing to step up to the leadership challenge.

Taking the lead means you put your reputation and your ego on the line. You take the risk that things may go wrong and you may end up with a learning experience… a public one!

Avoidance of the risks associated with leadership has a lot of potential leaders taking a back seat and waiting for someone else to step up. The people and companies who succeed and end up dominating businesses and markets are those who have taken more calculated risks than others.

A LEADER. . .

Motivates and inspires people to engage with that vision.

Leadership brings together the skills needed to do these things. We'll look at each element in more detail.

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation. 
-William Arthur Wood

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked leadership is defined by results not attributes.

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly” 
~ Jim Rohn-

The practice of being fair & consistent. A just person gives consideration to each side of a situation & basis rewards or punishments on merit is JUSTICE

" A path of PRINCIPLES leads to CHARACTER, and CHARACTER is what makes a GOOD LEADER

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
~ Ronald Reagan-

"Effective leadership is providing the vision and motivation to a team so they work together toward the same goal, and then understanding the talents and temperaments of each individual and effectively motivating each person to contribute individually their best toward achieving the group goal." 
– Stan Kimer, president, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer

”Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.”
--Mark A. Clement

"Leadership is being bold enough to have vision and humble enough to recognize achieving it will take the efforts of many people — people who are most fulfilled when they share their gifts and talents, rather than just work. Leaders create that culture, serve that greater good and let others soar."
– Kathy Heasley, founder and president, Heasley & Partners

" Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”
― John C. Maxwell

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. 
Ernest Hemingway

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
― Dolly Parton

“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others....”

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.
Bill Owens

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. 
Samuel Johns

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. 
Douglas MacArthur

"Good decisions can have bad results (sometimes people must take terrible chances or at times people are faced with bad luck in spite of making the right choices), and bad decisions can have results (Better lucky than good, surgeons like to say). Thus, decisions cannot be judged good or bad solely on the basis of their outcomes. The decisions that are in alignment with your values, deepest desires and goals are good decisions and the decisions that run against them are bad decisions. The rest are neutral."
Dr. Atul Gawande --- Submitted by D.M. --- India

"Action is a self-spoken definition of leadership and if timely, then it becomes an inspiration to everyone."

Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.
– Professor Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower