My colleague, Mark McKergow (and his colleague, Helen Bailey) will be publishing a book on Host Leadership* which got me thinking about the vast number of views on leadership.
Here’s just ten of them (stated under the banner of leadership), followed by a few questions:
The host – dancing between hero and servant: A host is someone who entertains guests – friends, enemies or strangers. Traditions of hospitality have been a key part of all cultures worldwide. The metaphor of the leader as host builds on the idea of leader as servant, and offers a new, rooted yet innovative framework. Mark McKergow
Leadership is not a position, it is an activity. Daniel Newman, The Millennial CEO
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. Nelson Mandella
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Henry Ford
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs
Before I went to jail, I was active in politics as a member of South Africa’s leading organization – and I was generally busy from 7 A.M. until midnight. I never had time to sit and think. Nelson Mandela
I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading. Amy Poehler
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In our experience, however, only about 15 percent of the companies that voice a need for change are truly in crisis. A far more common situation – involving as many as 60 percent of those companies – is a state of inconsistency. Booze & Co, Strategy+Business
And so on…
What’s your favorite leadership quote or perspective?
Or, conversely is there one that you can’t stand?
So much for the guys! What about quotes from the many women leaders?
Do you have a Solution Focus quote about leadership?