October 26, 2006

Leadership at Every Level

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mark Sanborn @ 7:59 am

This post references the October Edition of my Leadership Lessons ezine. Here’s an excerpt…

Phillip of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, said, “An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lion led by a deer.” That may be true, but I’ve come to believe that Phillip missed the bigger point: An army of lions led by a lion is to be feared most of all, for it is unstoppable.

What’s more powerful than having strong, effective leadership at the top of your organization? Having an organization of lions where everyone leads. (…continued)

Once you’ve read the article, I’d love to get your feedback. Use the Comments link at the end of this post to let me know what you think. Thanks.


  1. Mark:

    The distinction that you articulate comparing managers to leaders is right on. So many middle managers wait to get the title before acting. I explain to my Brandeis students that an organization needs leaders at every level and it is their job to recognize this need and carve out a leadership role for themselves. Good leadership is recognized and results in additional responsibility over time.

    Phil Holberton

    Comment by Phil Holberton — October 26, 2006 @ 10:07 am

  2. Dear Mark, As an unempolyed worker, I couldn’t agree more. I think the trouble in general, is that we have been brainwashed into not letting go of our leadership ability, by our parents and every person, thereafter. We are told, “that we have to follow the rules”. The question than is, “whose rules”. People in general, don’t like to see others succeed, primarily if they choose not to succeed. It is a shame, because everybody in their own right could be a leader, except they never been properly trained. I write, from my own experience, from when I was little and always told I could never succeed. Success/leadership is a progressive step, that takes time to flourish. Rarely, do you literally see the overnight success. One way to start is with a good bible-based foundation, followed by good family values. By famiily values, you need both parents, in most cases. Those are the two most important because, they lead to self-confidence and self-esteem{high} and that in turn leads to good work as well as personal ethics. We, as a nation could accomplish this feat. The question then is, Do we really want to. “The choice is up to us”.

    Comment by Bob Mergler — October 26, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

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