Oxymoron: A Leader With No Followers - Grasshopper
It does takes more than followers to be a leader. It takes initiative, a clear vision and the ability to communicate intrinsic enthusiasm. Once you have those qualities in place, followers will find you.
There are leaders in every field and they all have this in common: people will follow them up a hill. Not all, but enough people to distinguish them from those who shout leadership from the mountaintop with no one in tow.
Weíre in the political season now. In one year, we will be selecting someone to be leading this country. I donít know the person we will select; I only know what my selection process will be. I will immediately weed out the people I would not follow up a hill.
All sides of the political spectrum have these folks. They may have a message we like but for whatever the reason, they canít get us to put on our hiking boots.
Perhaps itís just me, but I have never found a leader I wanted to follow who told me they were a leader. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ďWho you are speaks so loudly I canít hear what youíre saying.Ē
Leaders just take the initiative and lead. They are self-starters by nature or more likely, by nurture. Either way, they arenít waiting for someone else to begin. Leaders also know there are times to relinquish that role and follow. Thatís the mark of someone who appreciates the full spectrum of leadership.
So whoís leading your life? If itís not you, youíll be at the mercy of someone elseís message that, to date, hasnít been strong enough to get you even to the foothills. Yes, you can find a leader to follow and cite their instruction manual to a tee but in the end hereís what youíll find: the leadership has to come from me Ė meaning you.
Youíll stay tethered to the ground if you canít follow yourself up a hill. There comes a time that you have to put all your learning to use or youíll remain a just reciter of someone elseís message. That just makes you a feckless follower destined to remain at low altitude.
Want to lead? Have a clear vision of where you want to go and begin. Leave all the talk behind and walk loudly in the direction you want to go. When you do that, youíll be much easier to follow.
All the best,
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