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Thoughts on Leadership from a Graduation Ceremony By Lance Secretan

After writing fourteen books about leadership, I sometimes find myself at a loss when I discover my writings in an unusual place. Often, I don’t even remember writing what has been recycled!

So I was suprised to see something I had written some years ago show up as part of a graduation speech – the Internet is the uber-recyling entity!

These are some thoughts, written in 1999, about leadership, from my book, “Inspirational Leadership”…

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods
as it is about opening the heart.
Leadership is about inspiration – of oneself and of others.
Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes.
Leadership is not a formula or a program,
it is a human activity that comes from the heart
and considers the hearts of others.
It is an attitude, not a routine.
More than anything else today,
followers believe that they are part of a system,
a process that lacks heart.
If there is one thing a leader can do
to connect with followers at a human,
or better still a spiritual level,
it is to become engaged with them fully,
to share experiences and emotions,
and to set aside the processes of leadership
we have learned by rote.

Dr. Lance Secretan is one of the world’s foremost thinkers about leadership and a renowned pioneer in innovative methods of inspiring people and organizations. The former CEO of a Fortune 100 company and an acclaimed business school professor, Lance Secretan works with a gifted worldwide faculty changing the lives of people and transforming companies and revolutionizing the way they think about leadership. Visit him at

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