28 October 2008

Lencioni on selfless leadership

True leadership, the kind that results in the greater good, requires a level of selflessness and vision that most people simply don't have. We forget the loneliness and sacrifice and great personal risk that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln endured during their times, and that the personal benefits they received for their sacrifices were minimal, if not non-existent. But that is what was—and is—required of any truly great leader, which explains why leadership is a rare trait in society, and always has been. -- From Pat Lencioni's POV, October 2008

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