Leadership is a theme of both 21st century education and of St. Gregory.   Seth Godin shares some great thoughts about contemporary leadership in Tribes.  Some of the best nuggets:

Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead…. If you are not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.

Leadership is a choice.  It’s the choice to not do nothing.

Great Leaders don’t try to please everyone.  Great leaders don’t water down their message in order to make a tribe be bigger.

The art of leadership is understanding what you cannot compromise on.

Leading when you don’t know where to go, when you don’t have the commitment or the passion, or worst of all, when you can’t overcome your fear– that sort of leading is worse than none at all.

The secret is being willing to be wrong.  The secret is realizing that wrong isn’t fatal.  The only thing that makes people and organizations great is their willingness to be not great along the way.

The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in.  Paint a picture of the future.  Go there.  People will follow.

Being charismatic doesn’t make you a leader.  Being a leader makes you charismatic.

The Six Sigma charade is largely about hiding from change, because change is never perfect.  Change means reinvention, and until something is reinvented, we have no idea what the spec is.