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In his memoir, “At Ease,” Eisenhower delivered the following advice: “Always try to associate yourself with and learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.” Ike slowly mastered the art of leadership by becoming a superb apprentice.

To have good leaders you have to have good followers — able to recognize just authority, admire it, be grateful for it and emulate it. Those skills are required for good monument building, too.

There was an article that I'll try to find about higher education--teaching the leaders of tomorrow. It claimed that instead of preparing kids in college for the most successful career path, building a strong based of bottom-up knowledge and expertise in a particular field through experience and hard work, it tried to make everyone a leader. The side effect, as studied, was that it fostered a culture of position-ranked entitlement that actually hurt their potential for becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

So +1 to being a superb apprentice. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you and always be learning.

Thanks for sharing, Gregory. I'd like to read that article if you can find it.

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