Knowledge has to be improved, challenged,
and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
Plans are only good intentions unless
they immediately degenerate into hard work.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I”. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I”. They don’t think “I”. They think “we”; they think “team”. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit… This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.
Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things.
Unless commitment is made,
there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.
The most important thing in communication is
to hear what isn’t being said.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked;
leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Most of what we call management consists of
making it difficult for people to get their work done.
The most serious mistakes are
not being made as a result of wrong answers.
The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.
There is nothing so useless as doing
efficiently that which should not be done at all.
We greatly overestimate what we can accomplish in one year.
But we greatly underestimate what we can accomplish in five years.
Rank does not confer privilege or
give power. It imposes responsibility.
We now accept the fact that learning is a
lifelong process of keeping abreast of change.
And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
Follow effective action with quiet reflection.
From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
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.
Topics: Leadership, Leaders
My greatest strength as a consultant is
to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
- Peter Senge American Management Consultant
- Margaret J. Wheatley American Management Consultant
- Stephen Covey American Management Consultant
- Tom Peters American Management Consultant
- Robin Sharma American Management Consultant
- Bruno Bettelheim Austrian-born American Psychologist
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Austrian-born American Actor
- Warren Bennis American Scholar
- John Kotter American Academic
- Seth Godin American Entrepreneur