Leadership

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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
The learning person looks forward to failure or mistakes. The worst problem in leadership is basically early success.

Quoted in Guide to the Management Gurus (1998)
Reflective back talk increases a leader's ability to make good decisions.

On Becoming a Leader (1989)
I'd always rather err on the side of openness. But there's a difference between optimum and maximum openness, and fixing that boundary is a judgment call. The art of leadership is knowing how much information you're going to pass on.

Interview, Strategy + Business (1997)
What job is worth the enormous psychic cost of following a leader who values loyalty in the narrowest sense.

On Becoming a Leader (1989)
The capacity to create a compelling vision and translate it into action and sustain it.

Director (April 1991)
Empowerment is the collective effort of leadership.

An Invented Life (1993)
Leadership can be felt throughout an organization. It gives pace and energy to the work and empowers the workforce.

An Invented Life (1993)
Leaders walk their talk; in true leaders there is no gap between the theories they espouse and their practice.

Business (October 1990)
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