Strong leaders listen, learn, then lead! This phrase is good advice from Geneal Stanley McChrystal.
General McChrystal is the former commander of U.S. and International forces in Afghanistan. He is a four-star general. He also is seen as a military leader that helped in creating a revolution in warfare that fuses intelligence and operations.
General McChrystal asks a very important question, “How can a leader build a sense of shared purpose among people of various ages and skill sets?” In addressing this question he shares what he learned about leadership over several decades in the military. He believes that a leader can improve his or her skills by listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.
“Leadership is intentional influence.” — Michael McKinney
“The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers. … Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.” — Gary Wills
“A leader is one who influences a specific group of people to move in a God-given direction.” — J. Robert Clinton
“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” — Sam Raybur
“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.” — Walter Lippmann
“The function of a leader within any institution: to provide that regulation through his or her non-anxious, self-defined presence.” — Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“Humans will probably always need the help of especially gifted moral leaders in order to extend the bonds of caring and trust beyond the easy range of the family and the face-to-face community. Such bonds have become essential to the future of humanity.” —Paul R. Lawrence, Driven To Lead
“Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.”— Harold Geneen