Great Responsibility With great power, there is great responsibility. – Uncle Ben to Peter Parker, Spider-Man
IDEALISM IS AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP. Idealism and realism are not opposites. Effective leaders are idealists without illusions. Idealistic leaders are not naïve about human nature or real world obstacles to change. They simply refuse to be confined by what “is” as they pursue what could be. – Michael Josephson
Leaders Are Problem Solvers Most people use problems as reasons to stop. Leaders see problems as reasons to start. – Michael Josephson
Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses. – Mitt Romeny
Real leadership is demonstrated when you show you care more about getting something done than about getting credit for doing it. – Michael Josephson
Great leaders are principled; they are not merely effective, they are ethical. They adhere to moral principles In their objectives and methods. They engender trust and credibility because of their integrity and loyalty and because they care about their followers and treat them with respect. – Michael Josephson
Leaders must show they care. A leader is like a battalion commander who isn’t content to read the menus but insists on going into the mess hall to taste the food himself. Not only does he know more about what’s being fed to his subordinates, but he’s considered a better leader by his troops. – Peter Drucker.
Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role — it’s always about the goal.
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude;
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter
Michael Josephson has curated below this list of Best Ever Quotes on Leadership in hopes of inspiring great and ethical leaders.
“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – it’s always about the goal.” – Michael Josephson
“Being positive in a negative situation is not naive, it’s LEADERSHIP.” – Ralph Marston
Great leaders are both idealistic and realistic. They have a grand vision and great goals. They seek to close the gap between what is and what can be but they have no illusions that success is either certain or simple.
IN TERMS OF TRUST, WHAT DO WE MEAN AND WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM OUR LEADERS TODAY?
NEW FEATURE. – This is a new feature for the WWM website consisting of journal-type entries of personal reflections of Michael Josephson. Welcome to the inner workings of my mind. These reflections aren’t full essays like my commentaries. Instead, they are snippets of thoughts dictated as I walk and illustrated by photos taken on my iPhone. I share these observations …
“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
An old legend tells of a monastery in France well-known throughout Europe because of the extraordinary leadership of a man known only as Brother Leo. Several monks began a pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn from him. Almost immediately the monks began to bicker over who should do various chores.
Take a look around. Business, education, politics. If there’s one thing we don’t have enough of, it’s good leaders —men and women who have the vision and the ability to change things for the better.