THE purpose of this book is to set forth the meaning
and methods of leadership as contrasted with the
concept and methods of command which have so long
prevailed in organized human affairs. __________
My desire is to help those who direct others, or who will presently occupy positions of influence over others, to know why it is better to lead than to boss, and to understand how the art of leading can be in some measure acquired.
A second and complementary purpose is to provide organizations which recognize the importance of helping executives to become leaders, with a volume that supplies the essential subject matter for a study of this relatively unexplored art.
Fortunately, enough leadership training has already been successfully undertaken in business, in philanthropies, in the church and in education, to give some definite clues as to the necessary scope and content of such study, and to give the lie to the old saying that leaders are born and not made. Truly there are born leaders; but many of the rest of us possess qualities which can be developed with the result that our skill at leading may be appreciably strengthened.
Essentially, the art of leadership uses identical methods in many kinds of situations. Yet it is impossible in a volume of reasonable length to cite illustrations from every possible field where these methods may be applied. A constant application of the principles and methods here outlined should be made by the alert reader to his own situation and needs.