The diffence between Leaders and others

When leaders make a mistake,
they say, “I was wrong.”

When followers make mistakes,
they say, “It wasn’t my fault.”

A leader works harder than a follower
and has more time;

a follower is always “too busy”
to do what is necessary.

A leader goes through a problem;
a follower goes around it and never gets past it.

A leader makes and keeps commitments;
a follower makes and forgets promises.

A leader says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;”
a follower says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”

Leaders listen;
followers just wait until it’s their turn to talk.

Leaders respect those who are superior to them and tries to learn something from them;
followers resent those who are superior to them and try to find chinks in their armor.

Leaders feel responsible for more than their job;
followers say, “I only work here.”

A leader says, “There ought to be a better way to do this;”
followers say, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”

by Oxford Leadership Academy on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 5:19pm ·


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