'Leaders Are People Who Go Their Own Way Without Looking To See If Anyone Is Following'

"Leaders are not what many people think& — people with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see whether anyone is following them...

... 'Leadership qualities' are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. The include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humour, flexibility, resourcefulness, determination, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly. This is the opposite of the 'charisma' that we hear so much about." — John Holt

We tend to think of a leader as someone who's simply in control and comes across as charming, but as educator John Holt points out there are many more important qualities. If you're looking to be a good leader, they are certainly qualities you'd want to adopt and grow. Most of us, however, will not be leaders but will want to follow good ones. When you're looking for a job and try to get one at a company you respect, it's also important to look at who will be leading you when you work there. Are they patient, courageous and determined, or are they just charismatic?

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    What a load of horsesh!t.
    Do a leadership course and you'll learn what leadership is all about. Leadership is built on trust within a team, which is a product of six things that can be measured: Productivity, Quality, Communication, Knowledge/Skills, Safety & Teamwork.
    That's it. Charisma might get someone further up the ladder, or encourage a team member to work harder, but it doesn't necessarily encourage them to learn and be independent.

      Leadership course? Oh you so silly.

      Courses on management and leadership change as often as managers. Everyone has their own ideas and no two managers are the same.

      Management courses aren't meant for management. They're for subordinates to learn how to manage their managers so that they can accomplish their work without having someone who has little working knowledge interfere with every minor decision.

      Ollie - John Holt is one of the most influential writers about the education process in modern history. Agree or disagree with him, it's hard to dispute his impact on the world as we know it.

      If the collective contribution to the world, of every MBA wielding management consultant to ever write a leadership course and encourage the use of measurable metrics to identify leaders was weighed, and found to be one tenth as significant as Holt's - I'd be amazed.

      The irony of studying leadership is that the people who spend the most energy trying to be better leaders, through quantification and soulless metrics - are the least likely to have any insight into leaders, leadership, or how to measure their quality.

    Bah - you didn't read the post properly...

    "‘Leadership qualities’... include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humour, flexibility, resourcefulness, determination, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly"

    "This is the opposite of the ‘charisma’ that we hear so much about.” — John Holt "

    The world is changed by doers. Those that go and make the change - not those that want you to make the change from on high...

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