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The most useful thing I learned was to be humble and listen.

Larry Bossidy, CEO of Allied Signal

Effective leadership is not limited to the heads of organizations or to one best way of leading.31 Recall that we are talking about a process of influence and building a relationship that can include anyone, at any level, and in any organization. I came across an elementary school teacher who exemplifies many aspects of what might be considered on anyone's scale exemplary leadership and followership. I discuss her style of leadership in some detail because of the importance elementary school teachers have to the future development of leaders in any society.

Stacey (a fictitious name) is an elementary school teacher who taught second graders. Her capabilities as a teacher ...

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