More About Leadership

Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package.
Buddha.

True leaders are barely known to their followers. Next after them are the leaders the people know and admire. After them those that they fear; after the those they despise.
Lao-tzu.

I write often about the fact that Leaders tend to think for themselves while Followers mimic the thoughts and behaviors of others. It is true that some of us are more Leadership prone than others.

Leaders are not motivated by the supposed status of Leadership. That ranking is merely a side effect of the practice of doing one’s own thing. If you Googled  the word “Leader” you would not be surprised at the list of names. But Google the word quotations; very revealing.

Okay, so what’s the point? Look at the Buddha quote above and let’s rephrase it. “Everyone is a leader – sometimes we know it; sometimes we don’t”. We all have some level of expertise that has the potential for benefitting society. It isn’t Important that we know what this specialized bit of knowledge is. All that is necessary for the sharing of this information is to be ourselves in the presence of others. If we are prone to isolate, that’s okay. Our social limitations can be our guide. Being there when we are needed is much more important than how long we can endure the event or how often we allow ourselves to become vulnerable. Being there when we are needed requires only one thing: being there.

Thank you for being here.

 

By Lee Broom

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