Leadership Examined

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'”

— Lao-tsu

Leadership involves much more than management.   Business In Vancouver has started their 2012 Business Excellence series examining what it takes to be a leader. Key to understanding this is knowing how a leader differs from a manager, both in responsibilities and in aptitude.

I am very honoured to be one of the Leadership “experts” interviewed for this edition.  This edition offers great insights on leadership and the steps to take to be a more effective leader.

“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.”

— Dee Hock
Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa

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