Leadership is an invisible strand
As mysterious as it is powerful. It pulls and it bonds.
It is a catalyst that creates unity out of disorder.
Yet it defies definition. No combination
of talents can guarantee it. No process or training
can create it where the spark does not exist.
The qualities of leadership are universal:
They are found in the poor and the rich, the humble
and the proud, the common man, and the brilliant
thinker; they are qualities that suggest paradox
rather than pattern. But wherever they are found
leadership makes things happen.
The most precious and intangible quality
of leadership is trust — the confidence that the one
who leads will act in the best interest of those
who follow — the assurance that s/he will serve the group
without sacrificing the rights of the individual.
Leadership’s imperative is a “sense of rightness” —
knowing when to advance and when to pause, when
to criticize and when to praise, how to encourage others
to excel. From the leader’s reserves of energy
and optimism, his followers draw strength. In her
determination and self-confidence, they find inspiration.
In its highest sense, leadership is integrity.
This command by conscience asserts itself more
by commitment and example that by directive. Integrity
recognizes external obligations, but heeds
the quiet voice within, rather than the clamor without.