Leadership with Vision (continued from Previous Page)
Miller continues, "Leaders define success in terms of the accomplishment of a business achievement, the success of a product or service. Managers define success according to measures that are derived from the process of business independent of the content of the business. Leaders appeal to the higher values, the long-term potential of the individual to feel a part of, a contributor to achievements of mankind. The manager appeals to the immediate needs for income, status, and security. Leadership brings out the creativity of the individual and inspires courage. Management without leadership produces conformity."
As was mentioned earlier, there are no simple definitions for leadership -- but there are plenty of opinions floating around about. Since we have establshed that the task of leadership changes, then it is natural to assume that even the opinions will continually change as well. Nevertheless, there is the task maintaining leadership skills that one possesses already and refining them. Buhler offers this checklist that can be used for personal and professional review from time to time:
- Do you have a clear set of objectives with a long-term focus?
- Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses?
- Do you capitalize on your strengths?
- Do you love the work you do?
- Do you invest in the development of those who work with you?
- Do you have patience and are you willing to "pay your dues" to attain your long-term objectives?
- Do you possess a love of learning?
Here are quotes from scholars, philosophers consultants, and notable historic figures on the outstanding attributes of leadership:
Fail to honor people,
They fail to honor you;
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will all say, 'We did this ourselves.'
- Lao Tzu, Philosopher
Leaders succeed only when they embody and express,
for better or worse, values rooted in the
social character of group, class, or nation.
- Michael Maccoby, Management Consultant
Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States,
and Supreme Commander of the Allied Armed Services (WWII)
The nation will find it very hard to look up to
the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
- Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
- Walter Lippmann, Management Consultant, Author
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States
One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson, President of the United States
In dreams begin responsibility.
- Yeats, Poet, Philosopher