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Differences and Leadership

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“All people are equal because they are born and die in the same way. You can only be rich if you gather around you people who are less rich. You can only be powerful if others [play the role of being] less powerful. You must respect others because without them you are nothing.” – Rokia Traor√©

Leaders require followers. Followers exist only when leaders do. Our contrasts are precious. The people we like, the people we don’t get along with, and even the people we hate are valuable to us. Each of us is the other’s student and teacher. No, more than that: we give each other the gift of definition. Difference matters.

While it is tempting pass these off as pleasant thoughts, I recommend you pause. They point to a profundity. When you see it, you will quickly become a happier and better leader (with or without title).

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

PS: Want a hint?

 

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