Friday, March 10, 2006

Orrin Woodward - Character

Orrin Woodward has said often said, "Leadership is influence."

The ideal leader is someone whose life and character motivate people to follow. The best kind of leadership derives its authority first from the force of a righteous example, and not merely from the power of prestige, personality or position.

So much of the so-called "leadership" we observe in the world today, which is often nothing more than the manipulation of people thru threats and rewards. This is not true leadership. It is exploitation, pure and simple. Real leadership seeks to motivate people from the inside, by an appeal to the heart, not by external pressure or coercion.

For all these reasons and probably more, leadership is not about style or technique as much as it is about character.

Orrin Woodward is a true leader because he is a man of character. His is authentic, heart-based leadership.