Leadership is following the people
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
George S. Patton
Great leadership in the 21st century will be defined by those leaders who don’t settle for simply executing grand strategic plans across the carpet of human history.
Those former leaders – the political and religious ones, whether those who led the crusades or committed genocide under the guise of progress will be done away.. they’ll be the ought not to’s.
When you look at the nature of so much leadership over the last centuries, the core of the work of leadership has been about the task, about achieving something tangible, measurable, actual. It’s been about achieving something through the work of people.
But new leadership – is about the people. New leadership recognises that we need the balance of task and personnel. Which is why I love that quote from Theodore Roosevelt.. it recognizes that the true achievement of leadership is not what you achieve but who worked with you to achieve it.
Set a task and see people rise to the challenge of achieving it with more creativity and inspiration than what one great leader alone can do.
in fact .. at it’s core, leadership in the new millenium is sometimes no more than giving voice to what is already present in the people – perhaps calling it out because they do not hear the collective echo, power and amazement of their own voices in unison
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?