Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early (even at 30 years). The uniform is in the closet but, he still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. But, he just doesn't try hard enough. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Never enough Stockdale...
Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers.
We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and most tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them.
What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do
away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers.
Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.
VADM James Bond Stockdale
“Machiavelli, Management, and Moral Leadership.” 1987