Posted by: jstorm1 | October 23, 2010


On the back of an acquaintanceship’s home made business  card reads; “Power of a leader- ‘True leaders are not those who strive to be first but those who are first to strive and who give their all for the success of the team. True leaders are fi[r]st to see the need, envision the plan, and empower the team for action. By the strength of the leader’s commitment, the power of the team is unleashed.” – Author Unknown.

This conflicts with not only my paradigm of leadership, but also a recent quote that I will para-phrase, “A leader is one who recognizes the poor performers and helps them succeed and to help those who are succeeding to do better.”

It would appear to me that the first quote from the unknown author is more focused on the leader succeeding and powering the team instead of the team being the actual driving force and the leader more of a guide. I suppose that it would depend on one’s point-of-view of how to manage a particular situation. Does one strive to be the first to be innovative regardless of others? Or, does one nurture another’s idea in a group so that they might blossom. It’s a given that the circumstances of a given situation would greatly sway one’s position on leadership, but I believe that overall a leader is one that leads by example and nurtures their team so  that they might succeed as well.

I mean honestly, how many team members would want to work in a team if there was no chance of one day running their own team because the leader holds them back. I’ve been in these situations, all too many times.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know. I’d love to debate this further with someone.


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