Welcome to the Leadership Files



Vision without action is a daydream.
Action without vision is a nightmare.

Good leadership is neither ... it is a view of what can be and purposeful journey of achievement.

LeadershipFiles is dedicated to providing a forum for the discussion of leadership concepts and ideas.

Leadership is an easily defined, yet elusive concept. One dictionary defines it as Guidance or Direction. Leaders can be found everywhere. Some of you may not view yourselves as leaders until you look a bit deeper. Leaders are not always in charge or always in highly visible positions, nor are people in charge or people with high visibility always leaders. In my years and journeys through business and life, I have met a few great leaders, but the numbers seem oddly small. One of the best and most inspiring leaders I have met was just a regular guy. He was a farmer, but had spent a career in manufacturing. Dean lead people by instilling trust and encouraging creativity. Through his treatment of people they developed ownership of their processes and achieved extraordinary performance but it was from the heart not something he commanded.

The leaders I have been fortunate enough to spend time with, along with my study of martial arts and Zen, have helped me over the years to further refine what leadership means to me. This website is a way for me to present my ideas and the ideas of others on a subject much deserving more study, reflection, and application.

IT Security and Leadership
As my journey through life has changed paths my Information Technology efforts have begun to focus on Information Systems security.  I find it interesting that leadership, or lack of it, is a major contributor to security issues.  Many security plans are tool centric and neglect the people but if you really look at security issues from a higher level they are frequently not a technical problem.  Read More about how leadership is as important to security as any state of the art tool.

Mark Strickland - LeadershipFiles

This site is by no means done.  It is a work from the heart that will continue to evolve.  At some point in the future it will have a page where you can submit ideas that fit the theme and they might become part of the site.  Click the FEEDBACK button at the top left to send me an e-mail.

The Mission

This Website should inspire thought and action to help you become the best leader you can be.  Read, enjoy, think, research on your own, then act responsibly to lead those around you as well as seeking out those who can lead you to greatness .... be inspired and leave the world a little better than you found it.

Enjoy the material here and may you continue your journey to become the best leader you can be.

Click on a link below to read more.

  • Leadership - The Catalyst That Transforms
       An essay on the elements of leadership
  • Women and Leadership
       Issues and views faced by women
  • Anyway - An essay by Mother Teresa
      Guidelines for every day life
  • An Essay on Leadership by James Huling of Matrix Resources
      A story of gold, wizardry, and the essence of leadership
  • Lost Heart
      A perspective on management behavior and the impact on American business
  • Thoughts for the day
      A list of little thoughts for living true to yourself
  • Teamwork
      Some thoughts on teamwork
  • Security Leadership
      Why Information Systems security sometimes fails
  • Links
      Various publications and Websites on leadership

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