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My experience with leadership stretches back around 10 years when I started to consult at the top level within various organisations. In my interraction with Managing Directors and Chairmen, I learned a great deal about both good and bad leadership. I crystalised this thought and today present courses from time to time at various Universities. I also presented the founding course at the Afrikan Leadership School at CIDA City Campus.

"Leadership is about creating a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and become more capable of participating in the unfolding of the world. Ultimately leadership is about creating new realities." Joseph Jaworski

What makes a leader? What distinguishes leaders from followers? Are there situational factors involved in leadership behaviours? Can an entire organisation embody the personality of its' leaders? Are leaders born and not made? These are fascinating questions which arouse great controversy whenever debated.

To me, leadership is all about tapping into the individual's vast variety of talents, skills, and experiences. I offer the following insights to leaders and those with leadership potential:

  • How to design and grow effective organizations
  • How to tap into employees' hidden capacity
  • How to increase employee productivity
  • Discussion of new and powerful leadership models
  • Development of personal power
  • What is charisma and how to grow it
  • Intent and how to use it

Quotations

  • Example is leadership. Albert Schweitzer

  • Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it. Albert Bennis

  • There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two. Bertolt Brecht

  • Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter F. Drucker

  • Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. JK Galbraith

  • I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. Mahatma Gandhi

  • One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers. James Humes

  • Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. Norman Schwarzkopf

  • Leadership is not a position. You are not a leader because you have the title of manager. Leadership is something that we earn from followers on a day to day basis.The EMS Manager Newsletter

  • Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance. J. Donald Walters

  • Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. Stephen R. Covey

  • To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. Pat Riley

  • Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system. Stephen R. Covey