Unknown : Management and leadership

“Management works within the system. Leadership works on the system.”

Leadership (Nigeria)

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5 Reasons Leadership Falls Flat

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You can read a dozen books on leadership and attend just as many leadership seminars, but your employees won’t follow your lead if you make any of these five common errors:

1. Trying to lead before establishing credibility.

People will only follow you if they believe that you know what you’re doing. Credibility doesn’t come from a job title or your position on the latest organization chart. Neither can it be “willed” into existence simply because you wish it were there.

Fix: Credibility, like trust, can only be earned over time. If you’ve got a track record of success, you’ll need to communicate clearly why that success is still relevant. If you’re new to the job, you’ll have to grow that credibility from scratch. Good luck!

2. Trying to lead before there’s a relationship.

Even if you’ve got a truckload of credibility, people won’t follow your lead if they don’t feel a personal connection. If you’re the manager, they may obey direct orders so as to keep their jobs, but they won’t go the proverbial “extra mile” that true leadership inspires.

Fix: The only way to build relationships is to truly care about them as individuals and frequently showing honest curiosity about them, their ideas and the work that they’re doing. This takes time, effort, and one-on-one attention.

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Theodore Hesburgh: Leadership

Regional Leadership Forum

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“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. ”
Theodore Hesburgh

Richard Kriegbaum: Leadership Prayers—Identity


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It’s not really me, God.
It’s just what I do.

I lead as an
expression of who
I am, yet I must
always be more than
the leadership role
I play. People may
see me in terms of
the visible leadership
role which God has
entrusted to me,
but God knows
who I really am.
My integrity as a
person—and as a
leader—depends on

what I do as God sees them.

Man looks at the outward seeing myself and
appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

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Following the Leader? Stop, Notice How It Makes You Feel



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There is much we can learn from following.  We all find ourselves in positions to follow both great and horrible leaders from time to time.  It helps to stop and really pay attention to how we feel during the process.

Pay Attention to Emotions

As leaders, we lead and follow with much intensity.  Because we care, the range of emotions is powerful. When we are deeply invested, the wins are that much sweeter.  At the same time,  disappointments and frustrations can run deep as well.  Paying attention to the emotions we experience as followers can help us become more empathetic leaders.

A Lesson from the Mat

I have a yoga instructor who will have us hold a very intense pose, and then say, “Stop.  Notice how that makes you feel.”  And then, we will go on to a very relaxing pose, and then the same request, “Stop, notice how that makes you feel.”  This is useful in teaching us to reflect on the sensations in our bodies and minds–and their causes.

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Stephen R. Covey: Self-growth

Professor Stephen R. Covey

Professor Stephen R. Covey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” ~Stephen R. Covey, quoted in “Empty Nesters”