Leadership is an art; this is not only a statement that I genuinely believe to be true, but it is also the title of an excellent book written by Max Depree. In his book, Depree gives us the following description of the responsibilities of a leader:
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
These words echo in my mind quite often during the day. They have guided me time and time again when I felt unsure of how to add value. They also hold a profound message that can easily be missed: Reality doesn’t just “exist,” it is something that needs to be defined. ...