[April 6, 2019] If I were a philosopher, I would write that ‘the world is full of tragedy, chaos, misery, and at the same time, full of wonder.’ But alas, that is not the case. Even I can see that the world is a place of action; not of things. That is why leadership is the fulcrum on which we balance our accomplishments, ideas, and values.
Leaders are biased for action. In other words, leaders get things done by motivating and guiding others toward a common goal. It matters not what kind of personality a leader possesses or their intellectual level or social skills. What a leader does is move people voluntarily toward what is best, to achieve what is good.1
“Leadership is a mindset in action. So don’t wait for the title. Leadership isn’t something that anyone can give you; you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.” – Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0
I acknowledge that everyone who is a part of the human race has a degree of malevolence in their hearts. Adolf Hitler, among many others like Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, used leadership to achieve an evil end. Those are the ones we are drawn to study their accomplishments and how the skills of leadership were used to push and pull people to accept atrocities that boggle the imagination.
A uniquely human trait, leadership is more than a simple tool but a part of humanness that will always be present. Let us use it wisely. Today, there are many prophets/leaders; those who predict the future and demand we obey, else the world will end in flame or flood.1 We have free will and the ability to judge. Those abilities are necessary to advance as a civilization.
All great leaders have a bias for action. What it takes is the recognition that the leadership style is not as important as the trait to judge good from bad. To know that without a leaders motivation to act, we would not be here but still living in caves and starting fires with a stick and flint.
- A few such leaders who prophesize a future vision of some utopia are frequently bound tightly to wicked methods. They make many claims but all circle around an ideology that reduces humanness to some simple explanation and thus, subject to a simple solution.