Innovating Through Artistry

The Eyes of a Leader

In Entrepreneurial Tool Box on March 17, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Last week I spent three days at The University of Chicago attending a leadership training seminar. It was a fascinating experience rich with insights and great nuggets of wisdom about what it means to lead, some of which I would like to share with you:

The best way to predict the future is to help create it.
George Santayana, Philosopher

The real voyage of discovery consist not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust, Author and Critic

Leadership is the larger-than-life capacity and readiness to motivate and mobilize oneself and others to sustainable action for a worthy and urgent cause.
Peter Koestenbaum, Philosophy in Business,

You choose who you are, as a human being. This defines you, your family, your business and your community– for the rest of your life. Your business is your current opportunity and practice field to develop your character. How will you choose?
Peter Koestenbaum, Philosophy in Business,

Do not ask, what needs to be done, but ask why is it NOT being done? What is in the way? What are the obstacles and the resistances to success?

People may say ” I do not have time for leadership talk, because I am doing it instead of talking about it.”

The question then becomes is that a strategy of evasion, self-deception and a denial of responsibility? Or is it a true precisely-to-the-point leadership response?

Who can tell the difference?

Only the leader in you can! You are the final authority. It is your voice that counts- since it is all in your hands!
Peter Koestenbaum, Philosophy in Business,


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