The job of a great leader?

Philosophy quote
It matters little to walk to do the preaching if not our walking, is the preaching.


How important is creativity in leading others well? And what exactly does doing it well mean?

First, there is nothing more important to a leader than doing it well. That’s our job.

Second, the measure of success is in inspiring others to want to do the work that’s necessary.

And to have them driven, determined, grateful, and humbled to feel the privilege to do the work.

And to create more leaders. That’s the job of a great leader.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    You nailed it. And there is an underlying message there as well. The antithesis of leaders creating more leaders is that a leader’s job isn’t to stockpile followers. So many leaders get an insecurity complex by holding back talent in their followers as a way to protect their leadership status. Instead, they need to be viewing the experience as a launching pad for others to lead!


  2. Bob, thanks for your message. Always great to hear from you.

    First thing this post and your comment sparked was, “What does one do in the absence of a great leader”?

    And with or without a great leader, what should we be doing everyday – whether we have a title or not.

    Hope the audition process is going better than you could have ever imagined. So awesome to catch up a bit the other day. 🙂

  3. Jeff,

    You are right – you continue doing what you should be doing. Leaders rise, oftentimes without a formal title.

    Things are going great with the boys! So far, they have been spot-on!! Thanks for asking.

    And yes, it was great to catch up – I appreciated it!


  4. Bob, great to hear things are going so well for your boys. What more could a Father ask for?

    With leading and following (everyone is both), we must lean on the Serenity Prayer.

    And as a personal leader, be amazing at what we can control, influence and learn.

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