Being a leader is like heading a wall-building project.
You start with finding the right place and right time to start your project.
After carefully evaluating all the requirements, you start recruiting the workers and necessary tools.
Choice of workers and tools are totally based on your discretion, leadership skills and the specific circumstances (Let’s face it. Sometimes good workers are too hard to come by. Even then, they may not want to work for you).
You start putting the first brick in place to demonstrate that you are part of the project just like everyone else — it’s also a time to show off your skills, experiences and dedication from the start.
Then you start putting on some paint — to show the big picture and the "beautiful future perspective" of the project — how life will be much better, and the future picture will be very pretty.
Then you step away, having your workers to start building the wall and painting the "pretty future" for you.
You keep looking, observing, searching for cracks in the wall. And if you want, you can tell the workers to fix them as you see them.
You keep looking, observing and searching still for additional cracks — usually, at this stage you don’t see cracks but lots of "holes" really. (Things are about to take a nosedive).
You take one step away and continue to look, observe and search.
Then you start to flee, to run, run for your life because based on your "skills" and "experiences," you know the wall is falling.
You flee and run before anyone else, before anyone else realizes that they are in deep X$&@#.
You run harder and faster before anyone else notices that you are gone, and that they’re gonna be buried in the deep X$&@# that you once helped put together.
Yes. You’ve come out clean, safe and sound.
Yes. A true leader is future-perspective-oriented, forward-looking, problem-solving with minimal team work. A true leader always come OUT on top.
So start running, my friends.
When Sis was sharing her leadership tips with me yesterday evening, I thought she was brilliant and a born leader. Then I realized I was one of the people who had been buried in deep X$&@#.
Oh well, this sure makes a clever joke!