"A manager can’t make change because that’s not his job. His job is to complete tasks assigned to him by someone else in the factory. Leaders, on the other hand, don’t care very much for organizational structure or the official blessing of whatever factory they work for. They use passion and ideas to lead people, as opposed to using threats and bureaucracy to manage them. Leaders must become aware of how the organization works, because this awareness allows them to change it.”
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If you're not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, then you're probably not living up to your potential.
Gain followers. Make change. Get uncomfortable.
"Managers manage a process they’ve seen before, and they react to the outside world, striving to make that process as fast and as cheap as possible. Leadership, on the other hand, is about creating change that you believe in.”
Where managers have employees, leaders have followers.
Where managers make widgets, leaders make a change.
When our curiosity is triggered, we are less likely to fall prey to confirmation bias (looking for information that supports our beliefs rather than for evidence suggesting we are wrong) and to stereotyping people (making broad judgments).
Time is the most precious resource. Death gives a sense of urgency, as any moment could be your last. It humbles you and should also deeply motivate you to not spend your time thoughtlessly.
Every moment is an opportunity to improve, and to appreciate your capabilities and responsibility to do so.
Leadership failures in government, business, and nonprofits have created a demand for leadership studies and literature.
Unfortunately, these materials describe unreachable ideals that are far removed from organizational reality, and therefore useless in practice.
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