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A Pet Peeve About Leadership

Posted by iammarchhare on 2 June 2009

What is a leader?  “The Army defines leadership as influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization” (AR 600-100, p1).   With over 200 years of experience, you would think the Army would know what leadership is.  What is not said is just as important as what is said.  In the Army, you are influencing people to risk their very lives to accomplish a mission.

Leadership means influence – by definition!  Please!  I don’t want to read another article about how influencing is “part of” leadership, or how “leadership” and “influencing” are both skills, or how influencing is a “sign of” leadership!

Leadership without influence is like a cake without flour.  It doesn’t exist.

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One Response to “A Pet Peeve About Leadership”

  1. Hey Thank you!

    I have learn new thing about Leadership in your blog. And nice explanation on this its very great.

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