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"Leadership Paradoxes"

. . . "Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership" . . .

  1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

  3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

  4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

  6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest ideas. Think big anyway.

  7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

  9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.

  10. Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

source: The Silent Revolution: Dynamic
Leadership in the Student Council,
Harvard Student Agencies, 1968
Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

"The value of an action lies not in the response it will receive, but in the quality of the action itself. Doing what is right, because it is right and honors God, is abundantly worthwhile, whether or not it is understood, appreciated, or reciprocated."

William McCumber