Friday, January 13, 2012

The Challenges of 21st Century Leadership

In his autobiography, My American Journey, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell defined leadership as the “art of doing what the science of management says is impossible.

     If managing people is like herding cats, then leading them is like herding butterflies.  At least with cats, if you have enough catnip, milk, or other delicacies that they like, they will follow you.  You might not get them to do much else, but they will follow as long as the lure is there.  With butterflies, on the other hand, even the most colorful and fragrant flower does not guarantee they will circle in your orbit.  Read more . . .