The quote and reflection of the Day– LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS


Dwight Eisenhower once said,

“In order to be a leader a man must have followers. And to have followers, a man must have their confidence. Hence, the supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. If a man’s associates find him guilty of being phony, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose” (Dwight D. Eisenhower, Great Quotes From Great Leaders, ed. Peggy Anderson, Lombard: Great Quotations, 1989).


Many times people are so arrogant and ego-centric they think that they got to their position of leadership without help or support of others. They think they deserve the position and that all that was required was hard work and perseverance.  This ego centric statement denies the fact that followers and supports trusted them and supported them in their climb to the top. I think it is important to thank those who provide advice and support for you on the climb. When you reflect how to connect with others the core element for success is being authentic and truthful with yourself . The truth is that luck, circumstances and others always help you to achieve the status and position you are now in. Humility and gratitude are qualities that followers admire especially after they help you reach a position of leadership. Maybe we need to add this to Eisenhower’s powerful definition of the relationship between leaders and followers. Maybe the real principle here is to always thank others for their support and never take them for granted. What do you think?


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