26 Mind-Blowing Mary Follett Quotes

Mary Follett was a pioneer thinking on management. With her written books in 1918 and 1924, she laid the groundwork for later theorists to formulate new methods and strategies. Here are some of the most mind blowing Mary Follett quotes ever encountered.

“Another idea that is changing is that the leader must be one who can make quick decisions. The leader to-day is often one who thinks out his decisions very slowly.”

“By domination only one side gets what it wants; by compromise neither side gets what it wants; by integration we find a way by which both sides may get what they wish.”

“Coercive power is the curse of the universe, coactive power, the enrichment and advancement of every human soul.”

“Concepts can never be presented to me merely, they must be knitted into the structure of my being, and this can only be done through my own activity.”

“Give your difference, welcome my difference, unify all difference in the larger whole – such is the law of growth. The unifying of difference is the eternal process of life – the creative synthesis, the highest act of creation, the at-onement.”

“He sees the things which are not yet there… Above all, he should make his co-workers see that it is not his purpose which is to be achieved, but a common purpose, born of the desires and the activities of the group.”

“Imitation is for shirkers, like-minded-ness for the comfort lovers, unifying for the creators.”

“In crowds we have unison, in groups harmony. We want the single voice but not the single note; that is the secret of the group.”

“It is possible to conceive conflict as not necessarily a wasteful outbreak of incompatibilities, but a normal process by which socially valuable differences register themselves for the enrichment of all concerned.”

“Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those led. The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders.”

“Management is the art of getting things done through people.”

“One of the greatest values of controversy is its revealing nature. The real issues at stake come into the open and have the possibility of being reconciled.”

“Part of the task of the leader is to make others participate in his leadership. The best leader knows how to make his followers actually feel power themselves, not merely acknowledge his power.”

“That is always our problem, not how to get control of people, but how all together we can get control of a situation.”

“the best leaders try to train their followers themselves to become leaders. … they wish to be leaders of leaders.”

“The leader releases energy, unites energies, and all with the object not only of carrying out a purpose, but of creating further and larger purposes. ”

“The most successful leader of all is the one who sees another picture not yet actualized.”

“The world will be regenerated by the people who rise above these passive ways and heroically seek, by whatever hardship, by whatever toil, the methods by which people can agree.”

“There are three ways of dealing with difference: domination, compromise, and integration.”

“Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.”

“We have thought of peace as passive and war as the active way of living. The opposite is true. War is not the most strenuous life. It is a kind of rest cure compared to the task of reconciling our differences.”

“We must face life as it is and understand that diversity is its most essential feature.”

“We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives.”

“We should think not only of what the leader does to the group, but also of what the group does to the leader.”

“What people often mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of the utmost importance that these should not be considered the same.”

“While leadership depends on depth of conviction and the power coming therefrom, there must also be the ability to share that conviction with others.”

Here is a portrait of Mary Parker Foyatt as presented in this video about administrative thinkers.

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