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Ronald Reagan provides insight about measuring leadership

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Following the hostilities between the East and West after World War I and World War II was people could not imagine seeing the leaders of the United States, England and the Soviet Union become great friends. It the leadership of Ronald Reagan made it possible. Margaret Thatcher and Mikael Gorbachev earned countless photos with Reagan displaying genuine smiles, warm handshakes and true friendship.

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This trio proved one of Reagan’s deeply held principles.

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things,” said Reagan, “He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

Reagan did not consider bringing world leaders together as a great feat of leadership in and of itself. But bringing them together did result in tearing down the Berlin wall and spreading democracy throughout the now former Soviet Union. Not because of what Reagan did but because of what Gorbachev was encouraged to do through Reagan’s leadership but because of the effect of his leadership on Gorbachev.

Reagan’s leadership also helped Great Britain restore itself as an economic power – not because of what Reagan did not because of the inspiration he gave to Thatcher.

Business leaders need to remember the words of Reagan and focus on the talents and abilities of their team and how they can help team members reach their full leadership potential.

Upper management always appreciates the successes of the team. If the leader takes credit only one credit goes to the team. But if the leader allows the credit to go to one or more members of the team or the team as a whole upper management also gives credit for leader.

This is another installment of a series of motivational quotes providing information about the persons being quoted and the application to our daily life. It is based on material prepared by getmaximpact.com of Rochester Hills, Mich., and is intended as a tool for building the success of today’s business professionals. It is a ©2014 copyright by getmaximpact.com and used with their permission.

Resources for you:

Employment Diversity in Michigan, a human resources networking group on LinkedIn.

Max Impact offers free employee training materials

Cultural roadmap, look at the contents of the character within each of us.

Cultural Faux Pas and Culture Quizzes are interesting quizzes to test your diversity knowledge.

Keep your workforce motivated with these motivational quotes.

Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons for employee and leadership development.

Employee training and development materials from Amazon.

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