LEADERS ARE…. Great leaders do…. The best leaders come from…. Some leaders….The character traits that a leader must have are….Leaders lead by….We need leaders because…. You get the picture by now. By that I mean just about every angle of being a leader has been written about already. What else is there to write about on this subject that somebody has not already written about?
Have you ever heard the expressions being led by the nose or who died and made you king? This brings us to the point of this article which not everybody needs or wants to be led. Many prefer to do things their way or live their lives in the manner which they decide to live not by following somebody just because they were anointed with the title of leader.
Do you remember the game we used to play as children that was called Follow The Leader where the head of the line is appointed with everybody having to imitate what the leader does or says in the exact manner as the leader had done it? Any participant who did not follow the leader was disqualified from the game. In the land of free thinking individual, why would they or should they go along with what this person is showing them to do?
A book with a title something like “How To Lead People Into Resenting You” can originate from these very practices. If you are a “leader” like it or not or accept it or not you may be setting a dangerous precedent by trying to entice people into following you. Odds are you do not have superpowers nor in all likelihood are you head and shoulders above your followers.
Leaders do emerge sometimes from the least likely people you would expect and have gone on to help others accomplish great things via the power of their inspiring thoughts and deeds. Emerging from the obscure shadows to become the “one” is a radically different concept than somebody duly “dubbing “ you to the leader while they themselves are less than stellar examples of a leader. Perhaps there was no fair or just due process that was utilized by the person who made this decision.
If you read my article Of Presidents, Musicians, Presidents & Heroes that was published earlier this month on this site you will see the distinctions I am making. Do not infer from this article that I feel under no circumstances can somebody be hand-pick to lead or that at times there is a necessity for this process. Certainly, there is every chance for success. For every failure, there is a success.
My “gripe” if you will is outside of hallowed halls of corporations both big and small where democracy rarely reigns supreme is that there are just too many so-called leaders from whence they came nobody knows. It would only seem logical that you are entitled to know what this person is made of along with what is it that separates them from the pack to deserve the loyalty they need.
Humans (as do animals) have an intellect which leads them to think and question at the same time. It is a mindset coupled with a thought process that can cause them to rebel or in general act against something that does not feel right within their being. Properly introduced to what is being asked will carry a different result. Living creatures cannot be made robotic where automatic acceptance is guaranteed.
Given the above, if you by one process or another become a “leader” would you not want it to be that people commit to you, believe in you because that is how they feel not because you were thrust upon them without the benefit of free choice? How much can you coming from this scenario hope to accomplish?
Should you be stopped on the street after being recognized as the one who purportedly the world now revolves around, do not be surprised if the person with whom you just met up with looks you squarely in the eye while emphatically making the following statement: Hmmm. That’s funny I don’t recall asking you to lead me! How you respond will dictate if you really are what they or you claim you are.