Stephen Covey on leadership

November 15, 2010 at 8:47 am | Posted in Blogroll, Organizational Excellence | Leave a comment

I recently came across some interesting thoughts about leadership in a foreword by Stephen Covey to a book I am currently reading. I am quoting them verbatim here because these make lot of sense to me.

“Studies show that vast majority of employees possess far more talent, more intelligence, more capability, more creativity and more ability than their jobs require or even allow. Their deep potential remains dormant, untapped, and unused. Today, the industrial age is ending, and the information age or knowledge worker age is opening. This new, emerging age is defined by ‘leadership is a choice’, with an empowerment or unleashing-potential mentality; choices guided by values in the light of unchanging principles. In the new paradigm, the greatest asset in any organization is its people – whole people – with their bodies, minds, hearts, and consciences all engaged and contributing and all receiving benefit in the progress of the organization. A trim tab is a small rudder on a boat or airplane that, through its relatively small motion, allows the bigger rudder to achieve the greater effect and leverage. The leaders of the information age act as trim tabs within organizations. Their relatively small actions at the bottom or middle can effect a much greater change throughout an entire organization.”

Any views or opinions are welcome.


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