Wednesday, 2 November 2005

on Leaders and Recognition

The best leaders become cooler when the heat is turned up. Crisis is the true test of a person's leadership ability. 'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy' - Martin Luther King

Leaders recognise good work as quickly as they recognise poor work. 'The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.' William James.

William James quotes (American Philosopher and Psychologist, leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism, 1842-1910)

Other quotes from William James

  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
  • Whenever two men meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man was the other sees him, and each man as he really is.
  • Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.
  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
  • Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
  • The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.