Last week I discussed the leadership quality of being willing – and the ability – to “look ahead” and ascertain “what is or could be occurring.” As I mentioned then, this is an essential quality for those who are in leadership. While it can indeed be difficult to accurately assess the current situation, size up the factors that are affecting where we are headed, foresee what is on the horizon, and determine what to do in light of the potential realities, there are things we can do to prepare.
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
A personal experience last week reminds me to continue to be grateful…
Last week I provided some thoughts regarding a traditional saying that was shared by a friend recently:
“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” - African Proverb
In response to what I wrote last week, I received a couple of thoughts worth sharing.
Robert Cairns replied as follows:
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
— Warren Bennis
“A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is not what it is built for.”
― Albert Einstein
I recently had a conversation with a dear friend – someone I truly respect, even admire. The upshot was that my friend was advocating playing it safe; I felt the risk was worth it.
So who is right?
Here’s the deal: We are both correct.
Life has its seasons, doesn’t it? That said, personally, I am lately in a great season of life. Yet the challenges of times past and times yet to come are ever present in my soul.
And it is a fact of leadership-life that those who walk in leadership roles for any length of time will encounter adversity due to their role and responsibilities. And so it was with a family friend recently.
It is easy to enter the word “trending” into the search bar a my web browser and find out what the current social media conversation is all about at any given time. It is simple to “discern” the modern conversational trends.
The larger question for a person in leadership is not, “What is trending?” Rather the higher calling of those who lead is, “What trend am I setting?”