Who is Our Leader?
True leadership is hard to find, but who leads us now?
Language has always ebbed and flowed. Some languages have even died out as time has progressed. In the U.S. our language is ignorant of the complexity of many “common” words. Between the impact of technology and the obsession with keywords, we have diminished the importance of significant words. The word leadership is one of those significant words. We seem to have forgotten the importance and rarity of leadership. Taking a leadership class or reading a book on leadership does not make you a leader. Sure, you can understand what it is like to be in the role, but understanding a role is far different from being effective in it.
We have lowered the standards of how we view leaders. In return, we have diminished the meaning of the position and the term. Today, you can use the term broadly and even associate the term with someone’s job title. People fail to realize that leaders appear when they are needed most. When systems start to buckle and chaos begins to brew, leaders can create an eye in the middle of the storm. These situations are when a leader proves their value. You can’t avoid chaos. When chaos comes, you can’t avoid the true nature and reactions of the people being affected by a situation. When hurricane Katrina hit, people stepped up in the moment without thinking. Those people were leaders. They didn’t hide or leave when the situation seemed overwhelming. You don’t have to be superman to be a hero, but you should be available when the moment arrives. I sense there is a hunger for a genuine leader. People are yearning for someone who looks and speaks like a person they want to believe in. We want to look up to someone who is physically fit, intelligent and battle-tested. When you look around the world today, there is an abundance of managers, but very few people whom you admire. We are long overdue for someone to be the true head of the country. Forget about celebrities, forget about politicians, forget about the prestigious elites. What we need is a diamond in the rough. Who have we had since Martin Luther King, Michael Jordan, or even Steve Jobs? Who is the person at this moment and time that we trust?