/ Leader Comments
(some to reject; all to consider)
|You can become an excellent manager without becoming a good leader, but you cannot be an excellent leader without becoming a good manager|
|Administrative work can draw managers deeper into the management marshmallow – the soft, comfortable, gooey cloud of detail that keeps them from seeing the big picture|
|Leadership ability, not management ability, is the primary criterion for upward mobility|
|Good leaders are harder to find than good managers; and leaders get paid more than managers.|
|Any leader who is not a good manager remains vulnerable|
|As a position’s responsibilities increase, so does the proportion of time necessary for leadership|
|People work for managers; they follow leaders|
|Leaders do not wait around expecting time to solve sticky problems|
|Leaders may not make everybody happy; they are willing to confront the few to motivate the majority|
|Leaders do not stall until they can make a fail-safe decision; they listen, tie comments to goals, and get a firm decision – from the "gut" if necessary|
|Leaders do not burden themselves with small decisions; they delegate and free themselves to move on to big decisions|
|A good leader will see something that needs doing and ask for the responsibility to do it|
|Leaders step out in front; superiors do not intimidate them|
|Leaders are recognized as stronger motivators than managers|
|Managers often pacify employees; leaders inspire them by converting them to followers|
|Employees become followers voluntarily – leaders help them see the advantage in doing so.|
|The manager as manager is a rational, consulting, persistent, tough-minded, analytical, authoritative problem solver using position power to achieve things; the manager as leader is a passionate, creative, flexible, inspiring, innovative visionary using personal power to achieve things.|
can be either a verb or a noun (management); as a noun,
it takes on a life of its own and becomes an overhead entity unto itself,
rather than an actionable activity -- there is no noun form of "lead" (other
than fishing weights). Lead by logical necessity and be a student when ably led -- manage projects, not people.
Leadership, and Governance overlap and rarely if ever
can cleanly separate:
Management focuses on performance; in general, it concerns work, done by people or machines and grouped into tasks, functions or processes.
Leadership focuses on people; in general, it concerns motivation, commitment, loyalty, and politics.
Governance focuses on power; it concerns policies, rules, regulations, the allocation of authority, and the limits, exercise and abuse of authority.
These three take turns serving as the center of attention in various endeavors; and two are usually playing second fiddle to the third. When (rarely) the three engage with equal force and vigor, they jeopardize the entire enterprise.
is a transaction (subordinates exchange work for pay). The
relationship involves an emotional link, of course, as all human relationships must--with widely varying nature and strength. True leadership involves a voluntary association between leader and follower that hinges on emotional commitment to each other. It is committed followers, not a set of behaviors, that make a leader.
much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for
people to work. -- Peter Drucker
the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original
means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for
little tact and wise management may often evade resistance, and carry a
is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the
country could do under first-class management.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry. -- Winston Churchill
Before you attempt to set things right, make sure you see things right.
Boldness becomes rarer the higher the rank. -- Karl von Clausewitz
Corruption and dishonesty seem to occur when the leader loses sight of the fact that he or she has been given power for one purpose -- to serve others.
For every complex question, there's a simple answer, and it's wrong. -- Oscar Wilde
Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can be and should be, and he will become as he can and should be. -- Goethe
way of managing and leading, rewarding and judging people is
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. -- Andre Maurois
most important thing that a commander can do is to see the
is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are
explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.
The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization. -- Fred Fiedler
The real dividing line between things we call work and the things we call leisure is that in leisure, however active we may be, we make our own choices and our own decisions. We feel for the time being that our life is our own. -- Raymond Williams
The two things that people want more sex or money are recognition and praise. -- Mary Kay
We trained hard - but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization. -- Petronius Arbiter, 210 BC.
There is nothing as useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. -- Peter Drucker
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. -- Jean de La Bruysre, 17th century French essayist
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. -- Donald A. Adams
The leader is a teacher who succeeds without taking credit. And, because credit is not taken, credit is received. -- Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC
Today's newest breed of employee is the self-manager. These workers are the ones who survived the recent waves of downsizing, both by seeking and capitalizing on new opportunities and by learning new skills. Because these employees increasingly possess the skills and technological tools to supervise themselves - individually or in teams - they are eliminating the need for layers of management. More executives will soon find their jobs redundant, while self-managing front-line workers become highly valued and virtually fire proof. Everyone should strive to become self-managed. It is clearly the direction business is taking. -- John Challenger
The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in an above-average effort. -- Colin Powell
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. -- Goethe
can't make people better by trying to eliminate their weaknesses, but we
can help then perform better by building on their strengths.
What gets measured gets done; what gets recognized gets done even better
Where there is no vision, the people perish. -- Proverbs 29:18
With vision only, you get no follow-through. With enforcers only, the vision is realized but leaves a lot of wreckage. -- Colin Powell
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success--or are they holding you back? -- W. Clement Stone
You can buy a person's time; you can buy his physical presence in a given place; you can even buy a measured number of his skilled muscular motions per hour. But you cannot buy enthusiasm. You cannot buy initiative. You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds and souls. You have to earn those things. -- Clarence Francis
You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them. -- Malcolm Forbes
can only lead others where you yourself are willing to go.
You cannot be a leader and ask others to follow you, unless you know how to follow too.
You cannot take a few people from one unit, throw them in with some from another, give them someone else's equipment, and hope to come up with a top-notch fighting unit. -- Colonel Charles Beckwith, Delta Force Commander
To nurture rich insights and intuitions, a knowledge-creating company needs diversity in the pool of talents available within the company. This diversity enhances requisite variety, which is one of the enabling conditions for the organization. -- Ikujiro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. -- Alexander Hamilton
believe managing is like holding a dove in your hands. If you hold it too
tightly, you crush it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.
I divide the world into believers and infidels. What the infidels don't understand - and they far outnumber the believers - is that innovative practices combined with true empowerment produce phenomenal results. -- Commandar D. Michael Abrashoff, USS Benfold
Improving yourself is a lot more profitable than trying to improve others. -- Dale Carnegie
It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization--it is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up. -- Charles Sorenson
It's what you ARE that your people learn, not what you do deliberately. What parents do deliberately probably makes almost no difference in whether their children grow up to be happy or unhappy, successful or unsuccessful, good or evil. My guess is that the same dynamic occurs in management, and leadership. That's why the technology of management, like the technology of parenting is such a blind alley, or worse, such a wrong turn, taking us to a place we shouldn't be going. -- Dr. Richard Farson
Leadership flows from the minds of followers more than from the titles of leaders, more from the perception of willing followers than from annointment. -- Lane Secretan
Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one's superiors; care for one's crews. -- Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible. -- Colin Powell
Making other people feel important requires self-discipline. It means respecting the opinion of others, being fair and honest,taking pride in serving others, and being kind, patient and likable.
MANAGEMENT Managers without standards for persistence teach people to follow the line of least resistance. -- Gerhard Gschwandtner
Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other person will in the end prove unprofitable for you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated. -- B. C. Forbes
People in any organization will tend to treat new concepts and ideas as follows: 5% will accept immediately - 25% will lean towards acceptance - 60% will wait and see, if it seems okay, 10% will never accept anything.
The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish almost anything if you're willing to pay the price. -- Vince Lombardi
all the decisions an executive makes, none is as important as the decisions
about people, because they determine the performance capacity
are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have discovered
than by those which have come from the mind of others.
People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led. -- H. Ross PerotM
People go to work to succeed, not to fail. It is the manager's job to understand people's strengths and weaknesses. Managers who strive to find the good in their people will achieve far more than managers who only find fault.
Align people's passions with the priorities and you'll achieve performance. -- Steve Brown
The assets of most businesses walk out of the door at the end of each day. The challenge to management is to create an environment which will motivate them to want to return the next day. -- Lynn Yates
is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Self-mastery calls for thorough familiarity with one's mental and emotional strengths. And it calls for sustaining a commitment to personal growth - the understanding of what makes you tick as an individual - as well as personal development. -- Charles Garfield, Peak Performers
Since we can no longer rely on the company for security, it must come from within. For people who know who they are and what they're called to do, it will be a world of great opportunity. For those who continue to define themselves in terms of the expectations and opinions of others, it will be a world of pain and frustration. -- Joe Tye