Great leaders take on tyrants. They establish revolutions, they save. Great leaders turn over tables, starve in jail cells awaiting execution and scream until the world hears the cries of those in need. Great leaders are like great Ninjas- you know they did something cool, but you never really can figure out how.
To me, a forever kind of student who fears letting others down every day of his life; great leadership, the best leadership, is like putting together a puzzle. A puzzle that never ends with pieces that fit well in many places, but perfect in one special spot.
You could argue honestly, sincerity, integrity make up leadership. A willingness to never ask for something you would not do yourself. An innate ability to care about the goal. But just as I would agree with everyone of these, leadership may need to take on different forms. Leaders are not always your friend, they don’t always have the luxury of fitting in, and may not even want to be a leader at all.
A great leader may never fit into every situation. It’s not that they don’t understand it, no, it’s that to fit in may make decisions to clouded in the obscurity of emotion. A leader knows of compassion like no other, but they can do something most cannot, they can detach themselves when that is what the situation requires. Great leaders don’t pass out jobs, they step back and take in all of the puzzle called life at once, then they place the perfect piece where it belongs. Most importantly, when they mess up, and nothing seems to fit, they keep going.
Some humans allow for the burden of leadership. Some do not. The tasks we create in life will change as do leaders over time. The leaders challenge is not creating the task, tasks create themselves. One of the leaders most important functions is selecting the taskmaster. The one best suited for the responsibility at hand. Leaders only find greatness and allow it to breath, they don’t really create anything.
Great leaders seems as thought they perform multiple tasks endlessly. Yet a closer look shows one of the best and most common traits amongst great leaders is nothing more than the ability to focus small while dreaming big. They pay attention to the tasks that must be accomplished to achieve whatever the goal may be. Simultaneously, they have an overwhelming and deep understanding about all those around them that they care for.
A leader is like a sponge taking in the environment and all those within it. When the time comes, he adds task to taskmaster, not more busy work to an already overcrowded planet.
I don’t know much about leadership. I am still being lead by those I admire more and more everyday. I fail a lot, I see every failure in dreams that never seem to end and it never hurts any less. But one thing is clear; Leaders don’t rule. Leaders recognize character in others that may have gone unnoticed otherwise. Then they provide an outlet. Being a great leader seems less to do with ruling, and all to do with serving.
“Death by ten meters”
*Perform a (10) meter sprint on the first minute of a minute clock. Perform two (10) meter sprints on the second minute, and so on until you can no longer keep up with this pattern.
1-Power Clean 135/185
2-Power Clean 135/185
3-Power Clean 135/185
20-Squats…..Continue this pattern.
AMRAP 12 Minutes
Accumulate (3) minutes
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