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I am what you would call a reluctant leader. On the outside I come across as somewhat shy, maybe a little reclusive but that is just a façade, a ruse to lure people in and convince them that I know what I am doing.
Now that just makes me sound dodgy… I’ll rephrase that. I lead by example, not by shouting or by showing off. I don’t think that people want to work with a leader who is constantly on edge, wearing their emotions on their sleeve and on the brink of self-destruction.
Yes, I can appear somewhat timid to those who don’t know me but to believe that I am lacking in tenacity would be a mistake.
I like to think that I know what I am doing, at least some of the time (don’t tell anyone). The thing is, you wouldn’t know by just looking at my face the emotions that I am feeling underneath. I am a mask –an outer shell with a complex core.
When I am struggling, I manage to keep it together. Is that ok?
All leaders have their bad days. The best ones are those who can maintain the illusion of authority and influence. They simply do not lose belief in the eyes of their students, followers or colleagues.
We are all human. Yet the world is chaotic. Billions of life forms are competing for the right to exist.
The leaders of this world – like you and I – must power through whatever obstacles are in our path. People rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to take them forwards and to keep them safe from any negative influences. When their world goes down the toilet, we have to be there to pick them up and to carry them over the finish line.
It doesn’t matter what is going on inside our heads… we have to remain strong. If we feel weakness, we must not show it. If we feel scared, we must move forwards. If we want to give up, we must succeed.
Being a leader is more than telling someone what to do.
Being a leader is more than a title.
It’s simply the ability to remain calm when all around you there is chaos.
Question: What qualities do you want to see in a leader?