Holt on Leadership

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I wasn't particularly looking for inspiration today, but found it anyway. Over at Lifehacker, Adam Dachis posts a quote on leadership from John Holt:

Leaders are not what many people think -- people with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see whether anyone is following them. 'Leadership qualities' are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, determination, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly. This is the opposite of the 'charisma' that we hear so much about.
Taking a very brief look at the Wikipedia entry about the man, I am not sure I would agree with much else that he had to say, but the above is worth remembering during difficult times.

-- CAV


Narayan said...

I am reminded of this recent post inspired by Holt as well http://caterina.net/wp-archives/98

Gus Van Horn said...

Good post. I Particularly like the following:

"I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs in their 20s who are knowledgeable about the valuations various Y Combinator startups have attained, know the names of all the angel investors in the Valley, have in-depth knowledge of the Facebook diaspora and their doings, have opinions on various Zynga acquisitions, and know exactly how to get Andrew Mason on the line…it boggles the mind. These are good things to have in your tool kit. But I want to hear about things out there that they love. About loving the thing they're building."

It's not what you know, or who you know, so much as why you care.