Sydney Pollack on Leadership — It’s not like driving a car!


Sydney Pollack

Driving a car, flying an airplane – you can reduce those things to a series of maneuvers that are always executed in the same way.  But with something like leadership, just as with art, you reinvent the wheel every single time you apply the principle.
The late Academy Award winning Director Sydney Pollack, as quoted in On Becoming a Leader by Warrne Bennis, (as quoted in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by Jack Covert and Todd Satersten)

Bob Morris gave me a copy of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, and I took a medium dive on my flight to Indianapolis last week.  A really good read!

It is their choice of the top books.  I might quibble a little, but not much.  I really liked that they included The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, one of my all time favorite books.

But this quote above by Pollack prompted this short blog post.  Pollack is right.  With leadership, you do reinvent the wheel every time…

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