A Lesson Of Leadership
IF YOU ARE WONDERING what the article title question has to do with leadership my response to you would be it has everything to do with leadership. Only a true leader with strength of character and all that other good stuff would dare to ask this question let alone expect any semblance of a logical answer especially in light of the fact this question has no answer. A weak-kneed follower would never in a million years ask this question.
Growing up my friends and I were the furthest thing from being leaders but the one thing we were not and that was followers. Needing something to keep our “detractors” at bay we came up with the million dollar question which was “yes, but if you light it will it fly?” This proved us to be leaders of a group whom, based on the above were judged to be too weird to associate with. On the plus side, we were left to be ourselves which included by the way almost exclusive use of the outdoor basketball hoops.
When crises come as they will wouldn’t you want to put your trust in leaders who can think so far out of the box and come up with solutions nobody else could?”
For instance, now that all the snow has melted what can the New York City Sanitation Department do now as they have seemingly forgotten how to pick up recycling. With our two ballyhooed leaders no longer hunkered down in their command centers and having returned the snazzy emergency jackets they had rented for the occasion what is left for them to do?
For an encore they could put resources into finding the subway slasher, look for remnants of snow that they can pile on a corner somewhere or perhaps push this blackened mixture of snow, pollution, and litter and push it into the middle of the road thereby creating hazardous driving conditions that did not exist prior to the masochist snow plows. That my friend is leadership worth looking at with both eyes wide shut. Yes, but if you light it will it fly?
So here I am trying to push off a nonsensical sounding statement/question as an accurate portrayal of leadership on you. Truth be told real leadership requires being able to think on your feet or standing on one leg with your arms behind your back. If it were me having witnessed the above in conjunction with the marvelously mysterious question I would consider that person to be a genuine cut and dried leader.
Real leaders are supposed to be deep thinkers who use their oratory and writing skills to finely tune their ability. It also helps if there are people out there who think you have supernatural power or instincts that will attract them to you. Afterall (now quickly tell me if the first word of this sentence is one word or two words and why it is so) with no followers to stick to you like flies to sticky paper there would be no need (practically no need) for a leader. Sorry!
The liturgy of the leader is such he needs to show he stands out from the crowd via the creation of an awe of being a sincere authentic strategically oriented thinker whose cool calm outward appearance compliments the fire of his sense of allegiance to his masses. If anybody out there can find meaning in my last statement or figure out what I was babbling about please contact me as I am totally clueless about what I just wrote. It takes a heavy dose of humbleness interspersed with some insecurity to effectively lead.
Yes, but if you light it will it fly in the lexicons of leadership easily translates (if you think about it) into catch phrases such as strategic crises management capability. One phrase leaves you scratching your head (or scratch elsewhere on your body if you should so choose) while the other sounds very leader like even though the second statement means nothing as well.
AccuWeather (that is a legitimate weather forecasting agency whose first and last name is put together to form one word with both first letters being correctly capitalized) is predicting “a little morning snow” for Friday morning here in New York. Now the question becomes do our dynamic duo of Governor and Mayor take this forecast verbatim or have a just in case scenario in place? My guess is that they will see what happens before deciding if they need to make a decision. Now that’s leadership you can depend on and be rest assured with.
So now that I have spun the phrase (I wish I had a copyright on it) yes, but if you light it will it fly I hope I have successfully given you a new prospective on leadership thinking. Or if I failed to do this at least I gave you a peek into my childhood.