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It may take heroes to challenge systems, and leaders to change systems, but systems that function successfully from day to day do so because ordinary men and women perform their appointed tasks well.
  —  John W. Gardner
From his book: “On Leadership
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On This Day In:
2014 We Have Ignition!
2013 The Dreamer
2012 I Err Gladly
2011 Ill Executed
And You?
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Hierarchy, impersonality, an intricate pattern of specialized roles and the extent to which behavior is determined by the position one occupies — all tend to diminish the likelihood of leaderlike action at all levels of organization.  But, as students of bureaucracy have found, the formal institutional structure has only a limited capacity to suppress the informal exercise of leadership.
 

—  John W. Gardner
from his book: “On Leadership
 

 

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There are no traits that guarantee successful leadership in all situations.   …What produces a good result, as I suggested earlier, is the combination of a particular context and an individual with the appropriate qualities to lead in that context.
 

—  John W. Gardner
from his book: “On Leadership
 

 

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I recall the senior partner of a law firm stressing to younger men and women in his firm the importance of client trust.  One ambitious young lawyer asked how one went about winning trust, and the senior partner said dryly, “Try being trustworthy.”
 

—  John W. Gardner
from his book: “On Leadership
 

 

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We are what we pretend to be.
 

—  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
from his book: “Mother Night
 

[If we want to be bad enough and try to be hard enough.  Unless we aren’t…  —  KMAB]

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What leaders see on the surface can be discouraging — people, even very able people, caught in the routines of life, thinking short-term, plowing narrow self-beneficial furrows through life.  What leaders have to remember is that somewhere under that somnolent surface is the creature that builds civilizations, the dreamer of dreams, the risk taker.  And, remembering that, the leader must reach down to the springs that never dry up, the ever-fresh springs of the human spirit.
  —  John W. Gardner
From his book: “On Leadership
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I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve.  This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent.
  —  Tony Robbins
(a famous motivational speaker)
[And you?  Have you tested your level of commitment lately?  —  KMAB]
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