One thing all great people have in common is modesty. Arrogance is a sign of a lack of true ability.

One who cannot empathize with others will never become a true leader. One of the great misfortunes of our world today is the presence of too many leaders who do not feel what is really in people’s hearts.

Greatness as a human being is not determined by educational background or social position. A truly great person is one who can be a friend to those in suffering, pain and misery.

The difference between a leader and a tyrant is that a leader works hard for the sake of everyone else, while a tyrant makes others work hard for him.

An organization that is willing to change will thrive. It all starts from a leader who is willing to change him- or herself.

Genuine leadership lies in care and attention to the fine details. To know the circumstances of each and every person and to exercise the utmost care; that is what it means to be a true leader.

Concern for young people is what separates a true leader from a despot. Despots manipulate young people. No matter how noble their messages, they only see youth as resources to exploit to satisfy their own purposes.

Fighting spirit spreads like fire from one person to another. A leader’s daring spirit will kindle flames of enthusiasm and inspire an entire organization.

A  true leader fosters young people and spurs them on to greater heights.

Rather than judging people as competent or incompetent, it is best to look for each person’s positive qualities. We should discover and praise their inherent strengths and abilities. Whether or not capable people are fostered comes down to the resolve and effort of the people who take responsibility for their growth.

People who cease to grow can’t inspire others. Leadership begins with challenging oneself.

There are always able people; the challenge lies in discovering and fostering them. The irresponsible fail to see them and the self-centered cannot raise them.

Wisdom doesn’t come with position. It arises from one’s sense of responsibility.

Every person, no matter how accomplished, has shortcomings. Conversely, no matter how bad someone’s negative tendencies, that person definitely has strong points. The key is to identify an individual’s strengths and give him or her the opportunity to succeed.

When one takes full responsibility, one’s true greatness will manifest. That is when one’s true strength wells forth.

The onset of decline begins with the loss of the will to challenge oneself. This is true for both people and organizations. One must remain active. Slacken a bit and momentum is lost. It takes a lifetime of unrelenting struggle to build something worthy, but only a moment to destroy it.

A  person who cannot genuinely empathize with others can never excel as a leader. So much of what ails society today is the result of too many people in leadership positions who do not or cannot identify with the plight of their fellow men and women. It is in enduring pain and struggles that the earth of our humanity is cultivated. And it is from this earth that a capacity to be genuinely concerned for the welfare of others blossoms.

Fish rots from the head, as the saying goes. Organizations, too, degenerate from the top. Those who assume positions of leadership need to constantly strive to better themselves and to overcome the tendency to become arrogant.

Source: Words of Wisdom

17 Responses to “Leadership”
  1. ចេះអង់គ្លេសសូមសសើរ

  2. Lovepeehs05 says:

    Hi, Miss Love Kampuchea ! You posted a lot of great ideas. I like that but I don’t understand all of them. However, I interest the words leardership and management.

    Can we say that leader is creative and management is an operative ?
    But, can we mean that leader is legislative and management is an executive ?
    Or, what is the different between the president as an executive and Congress as legislative or legislature ?

    Can you please help to clear those questions ?

    • To me, in a company/association, the leader and manager are executive directors/officers, they are from Executive Branch. However, it is depend on their by-law/constitution of each company/association of how to operate it. In the US government they are President and Secretary of States (I think) and in Cambodia we can say that they are Prime Minister and Minister. From Wikipedia, “The separation of powers, often if imprecisely used interchangeably with the trias politica principle, is a model for the governance of a state. The model was first developed in ancient Greece and came into widespread use by the Roman Republic as part of the unmodified Constitution of the Roman Republic. Under this model, the state is divided into branches, each with separate and independent powers and areas of responsibility so that no one branch has more power than the other branches. The normal division of branches is into an executive, a legislature, and a judiciary.” Please advise me if I’m wrong.

      • Lovepeehs05 says:

        I think leadership and management are the same, except their levels and roles of responsibilities. My leadership structure is I. Politics, II. Economics, III. Education, IV. Health, and V. Security. Can you see the differences?

        • I’m not really understand your leadership structure. Please more specific. What/why and how your structure ganna work out?

          • Lovepeehs05 says:

            It’s very specific and simple to understand as you see. It’s very organize and no complicated at all. I don’t know you agree or not, but some world leaders recognized this leadership structure already. I proposed to them and they had setup almost the same what i had said, but…

          • What I have seen here are the five words with no explanation that you always repeat over and over which are I. Politics, II. Economics, III. Education, IV. Health, and V. Security. If you don’t mind, could you please send me your proposed via my e-mail? I want to know. My e-mail: lovekampuchea@yahoo.com Thanks in advance.

          • Lovepeehs05 says:

            Be honestly, if i release everything about what i’m doing, it would be jeopardized my work. The meaning of my political structure is already explained in brief in my blogs. But for the setup of this political structure, it would not hard, but without my presence, it can’t be quarranteed. Logical !?

          • Aw…not a problem. I understand. Yes, logical.

  3. achharia says:

    Great points .
    Thanks for sharing .

    And if I may ask,
    what’s the difference between leadership and mangemnet ?

    • Thanks for the question. Hehehe…I am not smart enough to answer to your question. However I have an answer for you Adapted from “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Management” by Alan Murray, published by Harper Business.

      Leadership and management must go hand in hand. They are not the same thing. But they are necessarily linked, and complementary. Any effort to separate the two is likely to cause more problems than it solves.

      Still, much ink has been spent delineating the differences. The manager’s job is to plan, organize and coordinate. The leader’s job is to inspire and motivate. In his 1989 book “On Becoming a Leader,” Warren Bennis composed a list of the differences:

      – The manager administers; the leader innovates.

      – The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.

      – The manager maintains; the leader develops.

      – The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.

      – The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.

      – The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

      – The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

      – The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.

      – The manager imitates; the leader originates.

      – The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

      – The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.

      – The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.

      Perhaps there was a time when the calling of the manager and that of the leader could be separated. A foreman in an industrial-era factory probably didn’t have to give much thought to what he was producing or to the people who were producing it. His or her job was to follow orders, organize the work, assign the right people to the necessary tasks, coordinate the results, and ensure the job got done as ordered. The focus was on efficiency.

      But in the new economy, where value comes increasingly from the knowledge of people, and where workers are no longer undifferentiated cogs in an industrial machine, management and leadership are not easily separated. People look to their managers, not just to assign them a task, but to define for them a purpose. And managers must organize workers, not just to maximize efficiency, but to nurture skills, develop talent and inspire results.

      The late management guru Peter Drucker was one of the first to recognize this truth, as he was to recognize so many other management truths. He identified the emergence of the “knowledge worker,” and the profound differences that would cause in the way business was organized.

      With the rise of the knowledge worker, “one does not ‘manage’ people,” Mr. Drucker wrote. “The task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual.”

      • achharia says:

        សូមអរគុណច្រើន ចំពោះចំលើយដ៏ល្អក្បោះក្បាយនេះ ។

        ឃ្លាដែលខ្ញុំស្រួលយល់និងស្រួលចាំជាងគេនោះ មានពីរគឺ

        Leadership and management must go hand in hand.
        The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.

        បើអញ្ចឹង ខ្ញុំគិតថា

        អ្នកដឹកនាំល្អធ្វើអ្វីៗដែលត្រូវធ្វើហើយធ្វើបានត្រឹមត្រូវផង ត្រូវទេ ?

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