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The Qualities of a Leader
Poor leaders develop followers. Strong leaders develop other leaders.
I first heard that principle from one of my favorite leadership trainers, John Maxwell. Unfortunately it seems that we are overrun with poor leaders and strong leaders are in short supply. For instance, it's interesting to look at the current state of affairs in politics. On the one hand there is a philosophy that says "I believe you can do great things and I'll provide an environment for you to do that." The other philosophy says "I know what you need. Just follow me."
So what is the proper use of power?
The strong use power when absolutely necessary. The weak use power because they can.
The strong enlist support. The weak demand obedience.
The strong communicate ideas for the future. The weak operate behind closed doors.
The strong set high expectations. The weak want to keep their followers in ignorance.
The strong inspire and encourage. The weak bark orders and threaten any who "rock the boat".
The strong coach their people. The weak drive their followers.
The strong inspire good will. The weak abuse authority.
The strong inspire enthusiasm. The weak inspire fear.
The strong focus on solutions. The weak focus on blame.
The strong say "let's go". The ... more

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