If you’ve studied leadership you probably have heard of or read Peter Drucker at some time, right? He was the introspective, strategically oriented pragmatist that began research on the field of management before “Management” was even a field!
Drucker was an amazingly astute observer of behavior. Many generations learned from this ‘father of modern management’ and still do. Read any of his 39 books; you’ll find them relevant as the day he wrote them. He wrote for the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He was awarded 25 honorary degrees from American, Belgian, Swiss, Spanish and Czech universities. He was inducted into many halls of fame. In 2002 President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Whew! No wonder Jack Welch called him ‘the greatest management thinker of the past century.”
So here’s a couple inspirational, elegant quotes of Drucker’s I wanted to share with you who are leading or hope to lead someday. These are worthy of spending some time to understand and to use to calibrate ourselves.
#1 “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations“.
Implicit in Drucker’s leadership is an acknowledgment of the interplay between vision and performance and of the need to understand the uniqueness about personalities to elevate performance and support growth.
- How well do you understand your own personality and its ‘normal limitations’? It affects if , how and how well we provide vision, elevate, coach and mentor.
- Are you able to take uniquenesses into account when selecting your team, listening to ideas and requests of others, when developing and communicating goals, objectives and visions?
#2 “Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy of those around you.”
- Do you have charge of your ‘own energy’ (emotional control or intelligence)
- Do you understand the impact and affect your ‘energy’ has on others?
- Do you orchestrate for harmony or discordance?
None of what Drucker shares about leadership is beyond our reach but refreshing on these basics does help occasionally. Hope I’ve helped you do that because as we see wherever we look, good leadership is needed and it matters.