Friday, July 15, 2011

Castles In The Air

Photo by Jeannie Fletcher
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."  -Henry David Thoreau

This quote reminds me of the relationship between leadership and management. Leadership speaks of the castle in the air - the vision of a better tomorrow, the inspiration that keeps us going. Management is the foundation that supports those dreams and makes them real. We need both!

What are your castles? How do you build foundations beneath them?

David M. Dye

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David shares twenty years experience teaching, coaching, leading, and managing in youth service, education advocacy, city governance, and faith-based nonprofits. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Colorado UpLift and enjoys helping others discover and realize their own potential.

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At July 15, 2011 at 2:23 PM , Blogger Dr. C said...

This quote reminds me of two things: the Star Trek episode "The Cloud Minders" and the floating island of Laputa from Gulliver's Travels, and through them it brings up questions I often have about leadership and vision. How does one exert authority without being oppressive? How does one pursue vision without losing touch with those you are leading?

At July 16, 2011 at 12:46 PM , Anonymous David M. Dye said...

@Dr. CThanks for the questions, Dr. C.

These are both subjects for future posts. In the meantime, I would say that authentic leadership is based in influence, not positional authority. Influential pursuit of vision is actually _about_ staying connected to the team you are leading: sharing your vision, tapping into theirs, and building a shared purpose.

Thanks for reading!


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