By Erica Olsen
Professional Sobriety – Strategic Leadership

Leadership must combine Passion with Patience and Professionalism ”Leading a company must be more than a hobby, and certainly more than fun. Leaders must demonstrate realism, maturity, knowledge, and a little wisdom. ‘A distinguishing mark of a ripe human being is his sobriety,’ the sixth-century monk St. Benedict pointed out. He went on: ‘Sober is the one who sees things as they really are, not as he would like them to be.’ We can only hope that sobriety is now molding the thinking of future managers.’ In these times of consolidation, recession, and scarce funds, nobody should underestimate the importance of combining passion with patience and professionalism.”

From: The New Leadership: Spirited and Spiritual By Klaus-Peter Gushurt, strategy & business, Fall 2003 *Klaus-Peter Gushurt is vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton based in Munich.