Thursday, May 19, 2005

BREAKING NEWS - 'New' wisdom on Leadership

Who is the greatest management/leadership Guru?

My favourite is Tom Peters by a country mile.

For me the others in the running include Warren Bennis, Charles Handy and Stephen Covey.

That was until ten years ago when I came across someone to surpass all of them.

This author has not published a best selling management blockbuster but he wins the race for me with his wonderful use of these simple profound words;

Go to the people

Live with them, learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build with what they have

But with the best leaders
When the work is done
The task accomplished
The people will say
"We have done this ourselves.”

This management guru was saying this in 700 BC - his name? - Lao Tsu

An afterthought from personal observation.

I once knew a leader who quoted the second verse only. For me, effective leadership is in fact summed up best in the first verse - it says it all.

The second verse is an outcome - on condition you 'do' the first verse!!


Trevor Gay said...

Thanks Felix - in the words of Tom Peters;

'We are rapidly moving forward to the past'

Anonymous said...

From 1989, I always have book called as the "art of war" by Sun Tzu-

This is not about war, but leadership and management. I still refer to it now nad then.

Trevor Gay said...

I must look the book up Peter - was that comment a quick enough reponse my friend? :-)