The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
The leader...is rarely the brightest person in the group. Rather they have extraordinary taste, which makes them more curators than creators. They are appreciators of talent and nurturers of talent and they have the ability to recognize valuable ideas.
People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.
I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite it; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation.
Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.
Leaders do not avoid, repress, or deny conflict, but rather see it as an opportunity
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.
There is a profound difference between information and meaning.
Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
Leaders learn by leading, and they learn bestby leading in the face of obstacles. As weather shapes mountains, problems shape leaders.
You are your own raw material. When you know what you consist of and what you want to make of it, then you can invent yourself.
Growing other leaders from the ranks isn't just the duty of the leader, it's an obligation.
Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born...
Emotional intelligence, more than any other factor, more than I.Q. or expertise, accounts for 85% to 90% of success at work... I.Q. is a threshold competence. You need it, but it doesn't make you a star. Emotional intelligence can.
Trust is the emotional glue that binds followers and leaders together.
Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination.
In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.
Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.
Leadership has become a heavy industry. Concern and interest about leadership development is no longer an American phenomenon. It is truly global. Though I will probably be in less demand, I wanted to move on.
Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.
The opposite of hope is despair, and when we despair, it is because we feel there are no choices.
I wanted the influence. In the end I wasn't very good at being a president. I looked out of the window and thought that the man cutting the lawn actually seemed to have more control over what he was doing.
Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do.
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