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The Goal Of Leadership Part II
By Mark C. Carroll   
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Last edited: Monday, December 20, 2004
Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

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Managers Mangage risk, leaders succeed in spite of it.

 The true Goal of Leadership is not to be safe. Safe defined is an "absence of risk", not a reduction of it. While managers spend their time protecting themselves and others from risk. Leaders welcome risk, and succeed in spite of it.

In BOLD and Daring Choices, we find ourselves, immortal.

The Goal of Leadership is not to be safe. Our lives and our legacy will be defined by the risks we take not those we avoid.

Managers control, reduce, and eliminate risk to the point their decisions are as predictable as their age on the next birthday.

Leaders welcome risks, acknowledge it, and continue undeterred from their objectives.

Leaders walk the first path through the forest, fighting and struggling to make it through to their destination. Managers follow that path and pave a road to make it as easy and risk free as possible.

Both leaders and managers are important, but too often we confuse or use these terms as if they are the same.

Think of the most daring and accomplished leaders in history, for me I think of John Paul Jones, What would a figure like JPJ think if an Admiral told him his number one priority is to be "Safe".

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast;
for I intend to go in harm's way." - John Paul Jones

All of the greatest leaders understand risk is not an enemy but an opportunity. With each risk we manage we reduce our opportunity to be challenged, have fun, to grow, and to make a meaningful difference in society.

In BOLD and Daring Choices, we find ourselves, immortal.
 2004 Mark C. Carroll
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