The unchanging nature of leadership

A long line of leaders

A long line of leaders

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. ”
Lao Tzu

“Reason and judgement are the qualities of a leader” – Tacitus

Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher, lived in the sixth century BCE, and Tacitus was a member of the senate in Rome in the first century CE. But both quotes still reflect our understanding of leadership. A number of the historical ideas come through in the modern (well, 1970s) concept of servant leadership.

But all of that was pre-internet, surely it’s all changed with the new tools that we use now? Watch what Tom Peters has to say on the subject.

image from wikimedia commons

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