Choosing to Lead and Two Simple Truths
“I think leadership is available to all of us. It is a choice we make. It doesn’t always come with a title or a big office but it is there and it asks us to do something with it. Of course, the more we learn about it, the more likely we are to make it a conscious part of our lives.
Those among us who remain unconscious and unaware of our own potential to lead would do well to rouse ourselves. The world needs us all to wake up, not simply to point fingers of blame or criticism in someone else’s direction but to stand up for something, take responsibility for something or set a positive example for someone else. … There are two simple truths that guide me and here they are:
The First one is this. Leadership is not about you
Real leadership happens when our role as leader becomes about something other than ourselves. At these times, our individual importance is overshadowed by the purpose we are there to serve. …
The Second Truth is this. You don’t have to be a hero
Peter Drucker once said, “No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.”
Most of us are just that…average human beings. We do not have to have special powers to lead. Sometimes all it takes is to believe in something enough to be willing to go first. Leadership is about caring. It is about doing and participating. If we expect perfection from it, we will be disappointed. If we spend our time looking to the few for answers, we miss the opportunity to find our own answers and to explore possibilities that can only be found in the brainpower of the many.”