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Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.
(Lewis H. Lapham)
Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program. It is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant.
Leaders make decisions that create the future they desire.
Leaders must always question the status quo, be aware of the ever-changing environment and be willing to act decisively.
Leadership is much more an art, a condition of the heart than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed ultimately in its practice.
A friend of mine characterizes leaders simply like this :
"Leaders don't inflict pain. They bear pain."
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say THANK YOU. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.
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