Thoughts on Good Leadership
Martin C. DoegeJanuary 10, 2008
A good leader primarily places demands upon himself before demanding
things from others. What he seeks most is to be perfect himself and to serve
as a good example.2.
A good leader knows (from personal experience) that perfection is often onlyachieved after errors and diﬃculties, therefore he acknowledges errors (in hisown work and that of others) and moves on, trying not to repeat the error andremaining conﬁdent about what he does—he does not get“stuck”because of aproblem. If necessary, he changes gears for a while, follows a slightly diﬀerent
road, until he has gained the necessary understanding to solve his original
problem. He knows that reaching a higher level of understanding sometimes
involves activity that some people like to call “games”, “procrastination”, or
“not pertinent”, but he knows better than that.3.
A good leader wants to be able to understand and do things on his own
(although once he has understood how they work he should delegate them,
either to other people or a machine—he should
get into a false competition
with the people he is leading). A good leader is curious about
work exactly; he cares about the road, not just the eventual outcome.4.
A good leader knows that self-control and self-restraint are the basis of goodleadership. To to be able to lead others one must ﬁrst be able to lead
mean that a leader should not show emotions; particularly
emotions are necessary for good leadership at all times. He knows
that being an inspiration to others is partly based on intellect and partly on
A good leader is conﬁdent and bases his decisions on his permanent values,
not on outside conditions that may vary from day to day. He listens to