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Marcia Lynn Whicker

  • Leadership is elusive and enigmatic, just as it is enlightening and empowering. It is a bright light among human energies that sometimes, by its very intensity, casts a long and dark shadow.

  • Leadership both projects to the future and reflects upon the past. It bursts with possibilities, flaunts peculiarities, and occasionally defies probabilities.

  • Good leadership is pervasive, persuasive, and persistent. Bad leadership is poisoned with pedanticism, posturing, self-importance.

  • ... typically, our love for our leaders is one-sided: their successes become our own, while their failures are theirs alone.

  • Leaders shape our visions of the possible and direct our energies toward it.

Marcia Lynn Whicker, U.S. political scientist, educator, writer

(1950 - 1999)