CHAPTER 1THE DISCIPLINE OF LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE

“Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.”

—Lewis Lapham

The great Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, once said that there are three types of people: the people who make things happen, the people who watch what’s happening, and the people who haven’t the slightest idea of what’s happening. In this chapter, we will talk about leadership in action and about the people who make things happen.

Today, as never before, our society is experiencing a pressing need for leadership. This need for leadership can be felt ...

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