Thursday, September 6, 2012

Leadership: To Awaken Possibility in Others

This video could almost be looked at as an extended definition of leadership. We all have much to argue about should we spend time looking for it. To focus our efforts, however, in awakening possibility and potential in others, this aim is—indeed—the substance of leadership. Leadership isn't first about test scores, policies, or being right or wrong or even “in-the-black.” It’s about community, relationships, trust, service, and vision. 

My favorite quotations: 

"One of the characteristics of a leader is that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming."

"This is about the bird who flies over the field and doesn't care about the fences."

"The conductor doesn't make a sound. He depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful."

"Who am I being that [your] eyes are not shining?" 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this. UWL had a DVD set of a Zander talk that I used for the Learning Community I led. Sadly, the DVDs got lost somewhere (not me!). He's quite a character with a great message. Also love the line about making other people powerful.