“I tell you this: you do not lead by hitting people over the head. Any damn fool can do that, but it’s usually called ‘assault,’ not leadership … I’ll tell you what leadership is. It’s persuasion – and conciliation – and education – and patience. It’s long, slow, tough work. It’s the only kind of leadership I know – or believe in – or will practice.”
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Wise words from a wise man. Many of us have, at one time or another, held a leadership position professionally, in the military, in the community, or in politics. Reduced to its simplest form, a leader is a person who tells people what to do, and they follow his/her request(s).