Risk is a natural part of the human experience, and we accept it in many areas of our lives without realizing it. But a lot of people who call themselves leaders want things to be easy and painless. They’re either kidding themselves or lying.
For many, leadership has become just another buzzword.
We used to go to “management training,” and now we go to “leadership training.” We are team leaders, program leaders, project leaders, thought leaders, market leaders, and cheerleaders. We are political leaders, and we are community leaders. We lead our companies, we lead our schools, we lead our families, and we lead our lives. We have diluted the meaning of leadership to such a profound degree that it’s become just another label.
But leadership is not that easy, so we con ourselves into believing that the word is the same as the action. Yes, “con” is a strong word. But the truth is, we are our own worst con artists if we use safety and security in the same sentence as “leadership.”
The ability to lead doesn’t come from a snappy vocabulary, the books you’ve displayed on your shelves, your place on the organizational chart, or that fashionable title on your business card. Leadership is always substantive and rarely fashionable. It is intensely personal and intrinsically scary, and it requires us to live the ideas we espouse–in irrefutable ways–every day of our lives, up to and beyond the point of fear.
Here’s a good reflection question: Am I willing to scare myself in order to change things for the better?
Your Extreme Leadership opportunity starts with an affirmative answer.