Leadership Is The Art Of Accomplishing More Than The Science Of Management

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Let us begin with a definition of leadership; an act or instance of leading; guiding, or directing a group of individuals toward a common task or goal. This definition is very straightforward and simple, however, it doesn 't capture the essence of what it means to be a leader. To do this we will now examine Colin Powell’s definition: “leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.” This definition, much like everything Powell does, is short, sweet, and to the point. Essentially, Powell is telling us that leadership is getting the most out of every aspect of your organization, from the janitor who cleans toilets and mops floors, to the top executive with the reserved parking spot. But how exactly is this done? It is our objective to find out. Oren Harari had the pleasure, on many occasions, of sitting with Powell to extract from him what he thought made a leader that others would want to follow. From those meetings, he drafted what he called the “Powell Principles.” These form the basis and outline of what Powell believes it means to be a leader. Although it may be beneficial to examine all of these principles, it is impractical within the confinements of this diagnosis. With that being said, we will take a look at the top principles, seek to interpret and tie it together so that one might easily understand. The book is broken into three parts, each part containing chapters. At the end of each chapter we get the “Powell

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