I have a theory about leadership
I have a theory about leadership. I call it the great moment theory, and it goes like this. Isn’t this a great moment to pull ourselves together, and then get together, to take ownership over our destiny, and to work for a worthwhile future? For those of us willing to make our lives count for something magnificent and necessary, then right now truly is the moment of action, today is the first day of the rest of your life, the past is available here and now to learn from, the future is available here and now to design and influence, and it really is up to you, to me, to us, to ‘we the people,’ to face our future and make something of it. It’s time for big ideas, and blinding flashes of the obvious.
It has been said that leadership is the wise use of power. Taking the leadership role in your life, in your relationships, in your work, in your community, is possible if you use the power available to you in this moment. What power am I referring to?
George Bernard Shaw wrote:
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; that being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment , and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
A community, a state, a country, indeed the world is just the sum total of the hopes and dreams, fears and grudges, beliefs and assumptions of its people. So the best and most direct way to change our fate, to change our course, to change our world, must be to change yourself, to find the good, make good from bad, and go from good to great. Otherwise, you will be one more problem person adding to the crushing burden of our collective problems on the playing field of our shared interests. As you look ahead, what is your highest vision? Where can you improve? Where can you add more value to your world? Where you can take more ownership over the future and the way things turn out? Where can you contribute your inventory of experience to the betterment of others?
When you ask such questions and require answers of yourself, you get in position to take the leadership role and use the power available to you in this moment wisely. Then you can live in full knowlede of the true joy in life and the world around you will feel and respond to your presence in it.