Leadership is A Privilege and an Honor

Posted By on October 31, 2012

Leadership is a privilege and an honor, but it is also a tremendous responsibility. My philosophy of leadership is one of collaboration and teamwork in which members of a team can utilize one another’s strengths to counter individual weaknesses. A leader is someone who listens well, can effectively motivate and inspire as well as provide a team with thoughtful vision and strategic direction. A leader is one who leads by example and empowers his/her followers. A leader deeply understands the needs of the people he/she leads and thoughtfully considers his/her actions and their impact on his/her followers.

The greatest leaders know their limitations and are adept at leveraging their strengths and the strengths of others to compensate.

“Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”

— Admiral James B. Stockdale

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

__General Colin Powell

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