“You don’t lead machines, you lead people. Unless you understand human nature, I don’t think you can lead.”
Just read the July 2015 Qantas in-flight magazine article about David Morrison (former Chief of Army) by Catherine Fox Leader or Manager
It’s an engaging read about his approach to leadership.
In my view Morrison showed true leadership when he told sexist officers and soldiers to get out of the army in 2013. You’ve probably seen the YouTube clip. It’s been viewed over 1.6 million times.
His view is that leaders engage through 4 mechanisms: role modelling, communications and narratives, systems and processes and culture.
Worth your reading time on the flight.