From infographics to seminars, we’re presented with management versus leadership contrasts, and what makes a great leader diagrams. Why have we focused so much energy on leadership? What is it about leadership that is so critical to the success of teams and organizations? Let’s take a look at what famous leaders have said.
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
– Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President
“The way you delegate is that you first have to hire people that you really have confidence in.”
– Robert Pozen, former Chairman of MFS Investment Management
“The essence of leadership is building the bonds of trust in your organization.”
– Colin Powell, four-star U.S. General
These quotes help lay the foundation to the importance of leadership. After all, the numbers are inspiring enough, but we should be asking what about leadership causes such significant improvements?
|Source: DDI Global Leadership Forecast 2011 Executive Summary|
It was shocking to see how responsive the students were to this symbol of structure. Their motivation to follow these rules came from their integrity to follow-through with their collaborative boundaries, and a mutual sense of accountability. It was a sense of ownership. Just like the first quote by Ronald Reagan, and the first rule; Work as a TEAM.
An excerpt from an article by Forbes says:
“Leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders.”
– Tom Peters, Author of Search for Excellence
Autonomy is the secret to great leadership. When you have each team member intrinsically motivated, and holding each other accountable, you’ll begin to see the results as noted in DDI Global Leadership Forecast. The ownership of their own work will inspire their passion to push themselves further than ever before.