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February 21, 2012

Community leadership

Been reading a book on leadership lately. One of the key tenets of quality leadership, as advocated by the author, is credibility. In his words, credibility is the process of “earning the right to lead through character”. Reflecting on events over the past few years, this really struck a chord with me. In order to be a leader in the community (of anything, besides tango), one needs to operate with integrity and compassion. While “competence” (or skill) is another necessary quality of effective leaders, the starting point for those whom you ask to follow is to earn their trust.

Come to think of it, on a microscopic level, this is not unlike the interplay between partners in that 3-minute dance!?

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