<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2005-10_13\/editor_1.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\n<b><i>There is no contest between the\r\ncompany that buys the grudging compliance of its workforce and the\r\ncompany that enjoys the enterprising participation of its\r\nemployees<\/i><\/b>--Ricardo Sempler, owner of Semco Inc.\r\n\r\nWhat makes a good leader? What is this elusive quality called\r\n"leadership"? Can it be acquired or do you have to be born with it?\r\nHow important is it, anyway? "The quality of leadership, more than\r\nany other single factor, determines the success or failure of an\r\norganization," according to <i>Improving Leadership\r\nEffectiveness<\/i> by Fred Fiedler and Martin Chemers.\r\n\r\n"What is the difference between management and leadership?" asks\r\n<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2871">Changing Minds<\/a>, a website devoted to aspects of leadership, sales,\r\ntherapy, and other professions involving persuasion of others. "It\r\nis a question that has been asked more than once and also answered\r\nin different ways. The biggest difference between managers and\r\nleaders is the way they motivate the people who work for them, and\r\nthis sets the tone for most other aspects of what they do."\r\n\r\nThe site continues, "Many people&are both. They have\r\nmanagement jobs, but they realize that you cannot buy hearts,\r\nespecially to follow them down a difficult path, and so act as\r\nleaders too."\r\n\r\nO&P company owners, organization heads, and many others find\r\nthemselves assuming a leadership role. What differentiates a leader\r\nfrom a manager and what enables effective leadership are explored\r\nin the feature article, "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2872">Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way: Leadership vs.\r\nManagement in O&P<\/a>," by Judith Philipps Otto.\r\n<h4>Inspiring Role Models<\/h4>\r\nThree people who have taken an inspiring role in leadership,\r\npaving a path for other persons with disabilities to follow in\r\nachieving their potential--winners of ESPN's <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-10_09.asp">Arthur\r\nAshe Courage Award<\/a> and the ESPY "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2873">Best Male Athlete with a Disability<\/a>"--are\r\nprofiled in this issue.\r\n<h4>New EDGE Department Debuts<\/h4>\r\nA new department debuts in this issue! The "Legal EDGE," by\r\nattorney Sylvia A. Ezenwa, JD, provides vital help to O&P\r\npractitioners and facility owners in tackling the legal issues\r\nfacing their practices. So be sure to check out the premiere\r\narticle "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2874">The Cost of Destroying Electronic Records<\/a>"\r\n.\r\n<h4>And More...<\/h4>\r\nBusiness metrics aren't just for the number crunchers: getting a\r\nhandle on your business metrics can help you maximize your profits.\r\nMichael Alter tells you how in "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2875">You Can't Manage It If You Can't Measure\r\nIt<\/a>".\r\n\r\nYou'll enjoy following the career of <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2876">O&P legend Ivan Long<\/a>, CP (E), horse trainer\r\nturned prosthetist.\r\n\r\nThe American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is 88\r\nyears young this year. Beginning in 1917 as the Artificial Limb\r\nManufacturers and Brace Association (ALMBA), the organization\r\nchanged its name to its present one in 1966.\r\n\r\nThis year's National Assembly promises to be, at press time, an\r\nevent to remember, with a full program of business, clinical,\r\nlegislative, and reimbursement sessions to help today's facility\r\nowners survive and thrive, plus the opportunity to earn 34 CE\r\ncredits. Enjoy!