20 Leadership Lessons: Quotes from day 2 of the International Leadership Conference – San Diego

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Here is a summary of the quotes I enjoyed from day 2 of the ILA conference (November 1, 2014).

  1. Our society must move from ego-system to eco-system economics. This requires that we shift from ego-system silos to eco-system awareness that  considers others and includes the whole. Otto Scharmer
  2. We live in an era of disorganized irresponsibility.   Otto Scharmer
  3. The success of an intervention depends on the inner condition of the intervener. Bill O’Brien
  4. What happens at the beginning of a any creative process? Nothing! The creative process requires we create space for something to emerge. We have to hold open the space for something to be born. Otto Scharmer
  5. In 1964 Peter Drucker reminded us that we have a moral and civic responsibility to contribute to the betterment of society. Responsible leadership is not a new idea!
  6. Succession planning often results in the selection of a weaker representation of yourself. Peter Drucker
  7. Trust is congruence between what you say and what you do. Peter Drucker
  8. Establishing and building relationships requires mutual relinquishment of control. Michelle Bligh
  9. Vitamins are to people as values are to organizations. Bernie Jaworski
  10. The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker.
  11. Courageous followership is the courage to stand up for leaders when they are right and stand up to them when they are wrong. Ira Challeff
  12. We need to legitimize the term follower. Ronald Riggio
  13. Definition: Following is a particular form of behavior that involves recognizing and granting legitimacy to another’s influence attempt or status. Derue and Ashford
  14. It is easier to recognize the quality of leadership in their followers behavior than it is in the behavior of the leader. [Read this again – this is an amazing quote] Kevin Lowe
  15. Prediction is difficult, especially about the future. Niels Bohrs
  16. The emerging organization is an ecosystem. It is scalable and will expand and contract in response to the market. Philip Foster
  17. Understanding the connection between personal troubles and social forces leads to social and individual change. Carmela Nanton
  18. Compulsive modernization is the insatiable desire to change and grow. Samuel Wilson
  19. The liquid state of modernity is corrosive to continuity. Samuel Wilson
  20. Effective leaders of change must equally serve as agents of change and protectors of continuity. Samuel Wilson

There is one more day to go so stay tuned for the summary of Sunday’s sessions!


  1. IP

    Peter Drucker is one of my favorite authors. His work has been very influential for me. Thanks for posting these quotes. IP

    • Jeff Suderman

      Drucker was so far ahead of his time in his ideas and work! In this session, we learned that his wife was equally skilled and a driving force behind Peter’s success. She edited all of his work!

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