Charles F. Kiefer

The prevailing view in North America is that the individual makes himself or herself a leader. I think it’s more accurate to say that leadership happens when someone takes a stand in favor of a desired future that other people also desire, either actively or latently. While the act of taking this stand is resolute, essentially individual, and often quite solitary, leadership also has a collective and adaptive quality in that it provokes people to project their hopes and aspirations into a changing reality. In other words, leadership arises when a person has the vision to see beyond present circumstances to a more desirable future, and other people are drawn into relationships with that person and his or her vision.

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