A relatively small Kansas City-area newspaper for readers over 50 years in age published an article by C.W. Hanson a couple years ago where he offered these keen observations about leadership:
- The longer the contact with those you offer leadership to, the more scrutiny you will receive and the more self-disciplined you must be.
- People will pay attention to what you do as well as what you say.
- Your contingent may be one or many. You may not even know you are being watched, but that does not preclude you from being a role model for someone. Your word and your behavior are still important.
- Your contact with those you lead may last a lifetime or be just a passing moment.
- The preparation for leadership is necessarily more complex when you are responsible for many than for one.