"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Monday, November 9, 2009


Peter Drucker, the sage of Business Wisdom, rejected the possibility of finding even a few fundamental traits that could be seen as being typical of leaders.

According to him, the whole discussion of characteristics and traits is a waste of time:

“Leadership personality,” “leadership style,” and “leadership traits” do not exist. Among the most effective leaders I have encountered and worked with in a half century, some locked themselves into their office and others were ultragregarious.

Some (though not many) were “nice guys” and others were stern disciplinarians.

Some were quick and impulsive; others studied and studied again and then took forever to come to a decision.

Some were warm and instantly “simpatico”; others remained aloof.

Some spoke of their family; others never mentioned anything apart from the task in hand.

Some leaders were excruciatingly vain ~ and it did not affect their performance...Some were self-effacing to a fault... and again it did not affect their performance as leaders...Some were as austere in their private llives as a hermit in the desert; others were ostentatious and pleasure loving and whooped it up at every opportunity.

Some were good listeners, but among the most effective I have worked with were also a few loners who listened only to their inner voice.

The one and only personality trait the effective ones I have encountered did have in common was something they did not have: they had little or no “charisma” and little use either for the term or for what it signifies.”

[Excerpted from the 'Lifescaping' seminar participant's manual. The 'Lifescaping' seminar is conducted by Dilip Mukerjea about four times a year under the auspices of the Singapore Institute of Management.]

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