Leadership training is quite the industry. Countless speakers around the country sell their words to hopeful, maybe even gullible, kids, who are eager to learn about the very vague subject. Some talk about leadership as some kind of domination game. They provide tips on gaining followers and convincing others about ideas. Gaining followers. It seems way more cynicaly ambitious when we’re not talking about Twitter.

The idea of leadership is absurdly overplayed. Kids who are associated with the label are beginning to think of themselves as superior of those “others” or “followers.” It’s not about starting an army; it is much more personal than that.

A Leader Is:

  • Someone who can provide solutions simply and effectively
  • Someone who chases uncomfortable situations
  • Someone who is able to accurately express a vision
  • Someone who is refreshing and approachable

A Leader Is Not:

  • Someone who wants followers more than an audience
  • Someone who labels him/herself as one; especial on a college app
  • Someone who goes to every meeting early
  • Someone who goes to every meeting

I tip my hat to the few great people I have come across thus far who really understand this. They have made this conference worthwhile because on this basis of  agreement they have been able to really teach me more about people, and why exactly we are here. The thing is: It’s not about dedication or respect or morals or substance control or any fantastic character attributes. It is all about moving in your own direction.

Let’s collaborate instead of doing teamwork exercises. Let’s quit half of that sluggishly uninteresting agenda instead of stressing balance.

2 responses to “NESLC #2”

  1. chris says :

    i wish more people read the shit you write

  2. Joe Wihbey says :

    im feeling you popemeister, good shit man

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