What is leadership? LO22052

Swan, Steve R. SETA CONTR (SwanSR@ftknox5-emh3.army.mil)
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 08:29:03 -0400

Replying to LO22032 --

"If you are interested he process I will send a copy. "

Please do.

I question the value system of selecting Hitler among "good leaders." I
know "good" is not being applied in the sense of good boy, good girl but
rather as good example. Wrong.

When we strive to identify characteristics of a behavior or quality that
we desire to emulate, if we do not divide all of those characteristics by
the whole (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts) then we
continue the problem of leadership definitional malaise. The whole of
Hitler's knowledge, skills, and attitudes, divided into the
characteristics anyone could use to identified leadership qualities
resulted in a negative value quotient. Hitler was a good manager,
resource identifier, driver of people and a scam artist. But Leader?
("When we mix them it is very confusing. ")[a+b+c+d+e divided by H = -x]
Sorry, wrong path I do believe.

Lay that challenge on a group in defining leadership. The resulting
mathmatics must be a positive value, from .000000001 to what ever.

You didn't clarify, for me anyway: "One of the changes Deming told us to
adopt is leadership."

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