QUEST CLUB paper
March 8, 1974
" AN ANALYSIS OF LEADERSHIP"
Allen F. Simmons
When this subject was assigned to me, it soon became evident that
it was so broad it would be necessary to select one area of leadership for
this paper and my thoughts turned somewhat automatically to the field of
business and community leadership rather than to that of the military/ political
or church, for example.
This seemed to lend itself to a more intimate and personal evaluation
than a simple text or history book study of the other areas.
In some 40 years of varied experience as a onetime newsman, Public
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Relations eeemeammam and as a salesman.. .for the past 25 years with Brown
& Bigelow.. .1 have enjoyed the rare privilege of working with business and
community leaders of various position and stature. Sometimes on only brief
assignments and over longer sustained or repetitive periods with others.
This has afforded me the unusual opportunity to draw my own evaluation of leadership from the "front and center" vantage point across the executive desk. This, then is a personal analysis of leadership through the eyes
and mind of an admiring and dedicated follower. This avoids the possible
misconception by the audience should an acknowledged business leader be
attempting this analysis, wondering if he might be describing what he believes he ls_or would like to be.
While it seems a little like "carrying coals to New Castle" to evaluate leadership before this group of recognized leaders of Fort Wayne, let
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