Idea Starters

“We needed to go back on the offense and offer clear leadership on Iraq. ”
Condoleezza Rice

Clear leadership is often only seen through a fog. It dispenses the fog and stands for the right and just. CSW

“The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.”
Adolf Hitler

Although seemingly correct, Adolf shows clearly in this statement his lack of integrity. Give the people an enemy and hide the truth from them- this is not leadership, it is fraud and fear. CSW

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
Tony Blair

Saying “no” does not make a leader, neither does saying “yes”. But rather it is knowing when to say “yes” and when to say “no” and being able to communicate the reasons in a way that beings people together for the common good. CSW

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
Ralph Nader

Leaders always grow those around them, otherwise they are not really leaders. CSW

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
James Buchanan

Leadership recognizes the potential around it; is not threatened by it, but excited for the growth opportunities. CSW

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2 Responses to “Idea Starters”

  1. Craig Fyfe

    My favorite quote on leadership came from a leadership program at Gettysburg. It was…”The #1 job of a leader is to create the conditions for success for his organization.” I can’t think of any better way to describe it than that.

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