Thursday, 8 October 2015

Napoleon Spoke the Truth on Developing Talent (Four Limitations as a Leader)

The other day I came across this quote* from Napoleon:
"The art of appointing men is not nearly so difficult as the art of allowing those appointed to attain their full worth." 
I've never associated Napoleon with being a leader concerned about talent development  so much as he was concerned about being the top dog.  Indeed, he achieved the rank of General by age 24 so perhaps this quote belies Napoleon as the impatient talent himself, rather than the developmentally-insightful leader.  He was incredibly well-read, and had the unusual combination of being both a strategist and operationally gifted.  

From either the perspective of the developmentally-focused leader or the impatient youth, this quote holds truth.