“ A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination”
“ The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”
"A leader is a dealer in hope."
Napoleon Bonaparte, (1769-1821)
“ ' I can't remember ever having a tactical or coaching lesson from him, but as a football manager he was second to none. He made us feel invincible. Every time we ran out there we thought we would win.”
“ Leadership is all hype. We've had three great leaders in this century - Hitler, Stalin and Mao.”
Peter Drucker, quoted in Fortune, 21/02/94
“ Leaders are like the rest of us: trustworthy and deceitful, cowardly and brave, greedy and generous.”
“… Leadership is like the Abominable Snowman, whose footprints are everywhere but who is nowhere to be seen.”
Bennis and Nanus, 1992
“ There is no agreed view on what managers and leaders should do and what they need to do it.”
“ Leadership appears to be, like power, an ‘essentially contested concept’”
"As we look ahead ......., leaders will be those who empower others."
"A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him."
Lao Tzu, Chinese founder of Taoism (6th Century BC)
The Empowered Leader’s Litany* I am a visionary, I can excite and inspire my team I communicate well; I believe listening is as important as talking I set tough business challenges, but make sure people have the information, skills and resources to deliver I am clear what needs to be achieved, but allow others to decide how to do it I develop individuals and build teams I encourage participation and value diversity I trust people to deliver within agreed boundaries and limits I set a few key controls which everyone knows and understands I seek to create win-win situations at every opportunity I am open and approachable and value feedback I am clear and consistent about my own values and beliefs, and the people I work with know where I stand I believe I will never stop learning *or how to be a smug narcissist in 12 simple steps!
“ Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people, based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.”
Joanne Ciulla, 1998
“ Leadership has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of dogmatically stated nonsense.’