Many books have been written about the subject of leadership. Scholars and experts have debated the topic to find a more fitting definition and prescription for one to attain the accolade of being a good leader. Apparently there is no any one prescribed adjectives or nouns that would be used for one to be described as the pinnacle of what others should emulate as good leadership. Humanity has always complicated matters each time in trying to make a simple thing look more elaborate.
Leadership can be construed at organisational level or general community level. At community level for instance you may look on to leadership emanating from lordship over a village or the masters of occasions such as wedding ceremonies, village meetings or funerals. I have always admired how village leadership apply some natural principles which modernity has sometimes failed to copy or adopt on studying their effectiveness in most cases giving the excuse of primitivity. Interestingly man has always transferred skills and practices through observation of things that are working in other settings including adopting animal behaviours.
One of the things that those who have studied leadership have come across is the notion of its differentiation between a ‘leader’ and what is called a ‘manager’. It is possible for a manager to be a leader, however most managers are not necessarily leaders. A manager attains his position through appointment or election while normally leaders emerge naturally. This is why you may have heard that leaders attains support as they will have followers while managers will normally have subordinates given to then through their holding a position. One who has followers is always deemed powerful.
The quotes this week are from a book which by its title supposedly insinuates it contains some secretive reading. Well others may say not really secrets but what would one be discussing in their bed. I am sure though that the selected quotes below from the book will enlighten you to one or two life lessons, read and enjoy:
FURTHER UNDER THE DUVET by Marian Keyes
“And are things any better in the non-Hollywood world? Not very often. Now and then, when they’ve had a few drinks, their team has won and they’re generally in a benign humour, men will let a woman or two into the higher strata of the workplace. Just for the novelty value, of course.”
“I know it’s still in its early days but women are never going to convince men that the situation is no big deal if they persist in metaphorically carrying men on their shoulders through the the cheering streets every time they earn less than their partners and don’t sulk or become impotent because of it. If we act like it’s the norm, perhaps it’ll become the norm …..”
“But most of us haven’t the energy to be active feminists: we’re knackered, holding down demanding jobs, getting our roots done, fighting low-level depression, trying to do Pilates, doing school runs if we have children or agonizing about when the best time to have a baby would be, if we haven’t. ——– We don’t have it all. We’re too busy doing it all, to have it all.”
“The funny thing is that when people promise that they’ll stick with their spouse ‘for richer, for poorer’ it’s the ‘for poorer’ part that causes the worry. No one thinks for a minute that the ‘for richer’ bit could be a problem.”