Insights for Leaders

The Highest Calling

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” — Harvey Firestone

Reflecting on his tenure as CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch writes: “My main job was developing talent.  I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people.”

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The Comfort Zone

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” — John Maxwell

Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, wrote: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.  The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore, all progress depends on the ... Read More »

Proper Commanders

“I would rather have an army of rabbits led by a lion than an army of lions led by a rabbit.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

Legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, surmised: “Over 70% of people leave their jobs because of the way they are led.”

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“Surround yourself with great people and get out of the way; don’t try to micro-manage.” — Howard Schultz

Jim Collins advises: “The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake.  The best people don’t need to be managed.  Guided, taught, led — ... Read More »


“The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers.” — Max De Pree

Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, explains: “When we judge people in the company, one of the first questions I ask, in addition to what were the outcomes, is does this person have any followership? Because ... Read More »