The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.
- Elaine Agather
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 F. Drucker
A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.
Leadership these days is confused by politics and politicians. Worse than this, most people seem to feel that if they are not a politician they must be, and can only be, a follower. Yes, of course, there are business leaders, religious leaders, etc., but with the help of the media and our education system most of us have been indoctrinated into thinking that normal people like us cannot be leaders in any way, shape, or form.
“Success is not doing extraordinary things. Success is doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well.” Author Unknown
What is the secret of success? Well, it depends on how you define success. Success in our society generally determined by how much money you have in your bank account, and what your annual income is. However, the best definition of success I’ve read is “the progressive realization of a dream or worthy ideal.”
“When you work you’re a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
To love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.
All work is empty save when there is love, for work is love made visible.”
Every time I read this great excerpt, it reaffirms its significance in my own life. There was a time, you know, that I was unhappy with my work because I wasn’t on purpose, I was not pursuing my life’s mission. When I finally recognized my passion, things began going really well for me.