If we can stop, listen, and think about what others are seeing in us, we have a great opportunity. We can compare the self that we want to be with the self that we are presenting to the rest of the world. We can then begin to make the real changes that are needed to close the gap between our stated values and our actual behavior.”
Politics isn't about leadership - it's about winning. Winning relies as much on exploiting the limitations of competitors as it does building one's own capacity. Leadership, on the other hand, isn't about winning - it's about succeeding. Success doesn't shy away from responsibility or failure, nor does it proactively leave people behind.
Success is victory over limitation.
In this article, Marshall Goldsmith lays out some tips for leaders on how to build stronger relationships that lead to success. There's good advice here.
Once you've read through his tips, read this piece on Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's response to both the Breivik Massacre and the report that came after it. Because Stoltenberg has acted like a leader, his country has faith in him to grow success from the ashes of failure. They believe things can get better.
That's the kind of leadership we desperately need today.