Lessons About Leadership

Quote of the Week

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man.
The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”
Hindu Proverb

Lessons About Leadership

by Robert J. Thomas

Leaders need to remember the importance of interdependence – that life is not just about the business; an organization is a community of human beings.

  • Leaders need to care about interpersonal relationships and be willing to be cared about.
  • A leader doesn’t have to be superhuman or have all the answers, no matter how much people may wish it to be so.
  • Failing is only a step on the path to success.
  • Trouble doesn’t last forever.
  • Know what you stand for as a leader before crisis hits; when things are crashing down around you and people are looking for your leadership, it’s too late to figure things out.
  • Integrity is the only thing you have that is truly yours (Thomas, 2008, p30).

From: Thomas, R. J. (2008). Crucibles of leadership: how to learn from experience to become a great leader. Boston: Harvard Business Press.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

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