lead or get out of the way.
I can discuss positioning, branding, social media --whatever business terminology blows your skirt up; however, the root of all successes and all evils of business is and always will be, leadership.
It is amazing what a quality leader can do, or not do, in any setting. You can lead a business to a successful and sustainable future, or you can lead them into the pits of despair and failure. I am talking Churchill vs. Hitler stuff.
As history has shown, where there is good leadership, those who are led, indeed follow. When Lewis & Clark led their followers to the west, they went. They followed through the harsh winter conditions, through sickness, through uncertain results. They followed because they believed that there was future in following. They followed willingly because they believed in the cause, the message, the people that were leading them. To them, there was no question of why, when, how, or what –there was only how far can we go with you? The leaders led the pack; the pack helped to attain the goal. Those that are led, help to employ the purpose of which the leader invisioned.
The truth of the matter is that successful leadership finds truth in:
- Being the strength you want to see in others
- Being powerful in your willingness to help, not in distributing fear
- Holding steady when all else seems to crumble
And of course,
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandi
Lead, and lead powerfully. Follow, and follow with belief and perserverance. Or? Go home. This is not a place for the weak of heart.