Great Quote on Leadership!!!

Posted: February 5, 2012 in Book Review
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“Everything rises and falls on leadership…The effectiveness of your work will never rise above your ability to lead and influence others. You cannot produce consistently on a level higher than your leadership. In other words, your leadership skills determine the level of your success- and the success of those who work around you…

“This is humorous story underscores the importance of effective leadership: During a sales meeting, the manager was berating the sales staff for their dismally low sales figures. ‘I’ve had just about enough of poor performance and excuses,’ he said. ‘If you can’t do the job, perhaps there are other sales-people out there who would jump at the chance to sell the worthy products that each of you has the privilege to represent.’ Then, pointing at a newly recruited, retired pro-football player, he said, ‘If a football team isn’t winning, what happens? The players are replaced. Right?’

“The question hung heavy for a few seconds; then the ex-football player answered, ‘Actually, sir, if the whole team was having trouble, we usually got a new coach.'” – John Maxwell; “Developing the Leader Within You”

  1. A good leader in this situaton would recognize where the deficiencies among the team are and target them for improvement. It comes down to the leader becoming a mentor; in the analogy, a coach. I would hope that this kind of scenario, this kind of boss to subordinate conversation, in the war room, wouldn’t take place anymore in the real world. But, I am certain it still does. The leader has to recognize that their leadership (and the lack thereof) is the reason for regular failure. If the leader is worth his salt, he would use his expertise to bring the team up to the challenges and through the struggles, and ultimately lead the team to victory.

  2. Mary Tosaya says:

    That is a great quote.

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