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This is pre-eminently the leadership quality--the ability to organize all the forces there are in an enterprise and make them serve a common purpose. Men with this ability create a group power rather than express a personal power.
(Mary Parker Follett)
There is nothing more difficult to carry out or more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For, the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by an old order and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by a new order.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other in order that the people may require a leader.
Leadership is an elusive concept hard to describe and impossible to prescribe. It is more evident in its absence so that when leadership is needed, its lack is sorely felt.
Leadership is not magnetic personality : That can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people : That is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
(Peter E Drucker)
No Institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.
(Peter E Drucker)
Leadership is a process of mutual stimulation which by the interplay of individual differences controls human energy in the pursuit of a common goal.
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