When necessary, the Extreme Leader will risk his or her own safety and security in order to further the cause, grow the enterprise and–just as important–develop as a human being.
Safety isn’t a bad thing, but we often arrive at it by way of hazard and by learning from every break, scrape, and bruise. Safety often comes through the knowledge gained by having been unsafe.
If the only reason you’re avoiding taking on a challenge is because the idea scares you, then that’s the reason to take it on. That’s the pursuit of the OS!M, and it’s how you know you’re growing as a leader. And the bigger and more important the challenge, the more intense the OS!M.
If you’re using all the buzzwords, reading all the latest books, and holding forth at every meeting on the latest management fads, but you’re not experiencing that visceral churning in your gut, not scaring yourself every day, not feeling that Oh Shit! Moment like clockwork, then you’re not doing anything significant–let alone changing the world–and you’re certainly not leading anyone else.
Where’s your next OS!M going to come from?