Image isn’t leadership.

The Audi R8 - the ultimate status symbol?

I confess it – I love sporty cars.  If I see an Audi R8, an Aston Martin or Maserati then I can often get a little jealous.  The nearest I have got to having such a vehicle is when I put my nose up to the showroom window!

Often, such motor cars are seen as status symbols, of success, of wealth.  I have to ask myself then “Why am I wanting such a vehicle?”  I have two arguments going on in my head:

  1. I am entering into the beauty of creativity, of technology and machinery.
  2. I want to be noticed.

Let’s be honest, oftentimes, argument number 2 wins out.  (Argument 1 is only justifying my thoughts.)  Then I have to balance this with my desire to be a leader.  Do I wish to be a leader to be noticed i.e. for my self, or do I desire to be a leader to help others?

I am in leadership and there are many attractions that will seek to pull me off course, or entice me to lose focus of my vision.  I am reminded of the song by Delirious: King or Cripple

Why do you let us walk upon a cliff so steep
When deep below the sea there lies a bed of gold
And if this should be our battle place
Don’t let me fall, don’t let us fall

Leadership is NOT about image.  It should not be the reason for entering into leadership.  I think that this quote sums it up completely.

“Leadership is not a process of taking. It’s a process of giving. Leadership is not the act of exploiting other people for your own ends. It’s not the simple acquisition of title or station so you’ll enjoy the associated privileges or benefits. Leadership is true sacrifice. A true leader is willing to sacrifice for the benefit of his followers.” From Think Like a Black Belt. Jim Bouchard

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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