On Leadership

“What is it that you love about leadership?”

That’s a question that was posed to me this morning by a woman on Facebook and, strangely, one that I hadn’t heard before.

As I sipped the day’s first cup of coffee, it didn’t take me long to realize the answer.

My first hero, as a little boy, was Joe Namath. Joe was the quarterback of the New York Jets who were a huge underdog in Super Bowl III. Nobody thought the Jets had a chance to win. Not the fans, not the media, and probably not even the majority of the players on the team. But when asked what HE thought about the Super Bowl, “Broadway Joe” as he was later nicknamed, said “We’ll win. I guarantee it.” He didn’t say it in a boastful way, yet he said it with an easy confidence. What transpired was the greatest upset in Super Bowl history.

Joe said it would be so!

So, by my definition, leadership isn’t just saying you’re going to do something. It’s saying it, believing it, inspiring that belief in others, and then being instrumental in helping them get it done. It’s a powerful word and a courageous and noble act.

What is your definition of leadership? What is it that YOU love (or like) about it?

Is it something that you seek, or something you strive to provide?

All great questions.

Joe Namath

Misplaced Trust

When was the last time you were betrayed?

Was there ever an instance where you believed so much in somebody or something that you ignored the “red flags” and all the well-intentioned advice of your close friends only to learn the hard way?

Trust is an interesting virtue.  scorpion-and-frog


In the fable, “The Frog and the Scorpion,” the scorpion asks the frog for a ride across the river.

“If I let you on my back, you’ll sting me,” said the frog.

“But if I sting you we’ll both die, as I cannot swim,” replied the scorpion.

Accepting that logic, the frog allows the scorpion onto his back and they set off across the river. Halfway, though, the frog feels the sharp pain of the scorpion’s stinger in his back.

“Why?” mutters the frog as paralysis overcomes him, “Now we will both die.”

“I can’t help it,” answered the scorpion. “I’m a scorpion. It’s my nature.”

Rap music icon, Tupak Shakur was famous for his lyric, “Trust no one.” Certainly it wasn’t Tupak who coined the phrase, nor was he the one who popularized the concept, but it’s one that’s commonly referred to in business and in life.

I submit, despite the potential of betrayal, that trusting is a good thing. And we as individuals should select the stance that best serves us.

What a sad world it would be if we made the decision not to trust anybody. It’s a real lack-conscious mentality. I took a bad “stinger” recently, but am making the choice to continue to move forward expecting the best in others, and always giving people the benefit of the doubt. I’ll trust people and believe in their inherent good. I’ll probably get stung again, eventually, but that’s life.

Hopefully I can improve my swimming and enjoy a different fate than the frog.

Life’s too short.


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