The Elements of Leadership
Leaders challenge the status quo.
Leaders create a culture around their goal and involve others in that culture.
Leaders have an extraordinary amount of curiosity about the world they’re trying to change.
Leaders use charisma (in a variety of forms) to attract and motivate followers.
Leaders communicate their vision of the future.
Leaders commit to a vision and make decision based on that commitment.
Leaders connect their followers to one another.
You don’t have to be in charge or powerful or pretty or connected to be a leader. You do have to be committed.
Where credit is due – real leaders don’t care. Credit isn’t the point. Change is.
Imagination – Leaders create things that didn’t exist before. They do this by giving the tribe a vision of something that could happen, but hasn’t (yet).
Ronald Reagan’s secret was to listen, to value what you hear, and then to make a decision even if it contradicts the very people you are listening to.
Without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it’s unlikely to be worth the journey. Persist.
How to sell a book or any new idea
Find one person who trust you and sell him a copy. Does he love it? Is he excited about it? Excited enough to tell ten friends because it helps them, not because it helps you? Tribes grow when people recruit other people. The tribe does it for each other. Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.