US Marine Corps Leadership Manual

leadership has nothing to do with authority, Rather, it has to do with –among other things– knowledge and being a servant-leader…

An individual's responsibility for leadership is not dependent on authority.... the deep-rooted assumption that authority should equal responsibility is the root of much organizational evil. I believe misunderstanding around this issue is rampant, problematic, and runs so deep in our consciousness that we don't even realize it.

— US Marine Corps Leadership Manual

I have been studying “Scrum” it is a process of continually improving. It is applicable to everything from business (where it started) to life, to the military to making breakfast. In studying it I have been reading a book Scrum: The art of doing twice the work in half the time by Jeff Sutherland. While reading the book I stumbled on a section that talked about leadership and responsibility.

“… leadership has nothing to do with authority, Rather, it has to do with –among other things– knowledge and being a servant-leader. [The Leader] can’t simply say something has to be done a particular way. He has to persuade, cajole, and demonstrate that his way is the right way, the best way.” in Scrum: The art of doing twice the work in half the time by Jeff Southerland

Just food for thought.

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