“Real leaders help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.” David Foster Wallace
Of the countless number of definitions of leadership I have come across during my career, this is one that captures its essence in simple, down-to-earth language in a way that always galvanizes and focuses my thinking on what is most important: motivating people to be the best them they can be. Now, think of this in the context of leading yourself. This is where true leadership begins.
Till next time…
About the Author: Pepper de Callier is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at www.pragueleadershipinstitute.com
Things to Think About Series by Pepper de Callier:
Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier)
Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying
The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures
When you are the anvil, hold you still. But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get
I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world
When I’m afraid of losing, I never win
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear
Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, ...
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves
If you believe everything you read, better not read
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
Winning is as much about attitude as aptitude especially when the chips are down
The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd
If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself
We don’t regret the risks we took and failed. We regret the risks we failed to take
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing