Saturday, October 25, 2008

Leadership is different than success

My mother recently sent me a book by Dr. Rachel Remen, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco, called "Kitchen Table Wisdom." Haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it reminded of one of Dr. Remen's quotes that I'd highlighted from the book "Success Built to Last."

"Leaders are people who don't compromise their values to gain approval, who live up to their own inner sense of things. And for this reason, leadership is often different than success.

Success is culturally defined. When you give the culture what it expects, the culture will reward that. But a leader is someone who gives the culture what it needs, not what it expects."