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Leadership Requirements


Win O'Toole • 24 July 2004

Articles on events of 12 July convey a sense of the farawayness of human agreement and misunderstanding of leadership.

When you belong to any organization or community you are trying to lead, you are part of the problem. Addressing the issue does not relieve anyone of her/his share of responsibility. If you’ve been a member or a leader a long time, you have almost certainly had some part in creating the problem and in it not yet being addressed. This is a dynamic in any group and not an indictment of the public or the leadership. Even if you are outside the organization, identifying those behaviors and values you embody that can stifle the very change you want to advance, is crucial.

Leadership requires identifying responsibility for one’s own contribution to the current situation even as you try to move it to a different, better place. The thinking on anyone’s part that one has no options and if only others would shape up we could make progress here is a serious misdiagnosis of the situation.




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