Ditch the hero worship. One person will not save your organization or singlehandedly bring a big vision to fruition. One person can be a spark, but successful organizations are sustained by a community of leaders in which everyone contributes to the collective flame. The “Superchicken Model” is outdated, inaccurate, and ineffective. Teamwork always trumps isolated top performers, and charisma is much less important than character and the ability to collaborate with teammates—learnable traits or skills. Leadership is not biological or oligarchical. Leadership is fundamentals. And fundamentals can be learned.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Leadership is developed daily, not in a day. And each day presents a thousand opportunities to become a better leader. The world is waiting for the difference only you can make. Don’t wait for approval or a title. Don’t allow others to discourage you with quips of “you’re not qualified.” The only way to gain experience is by experiencing. So share your vision, build your team, and take action. Don’t take no for an answer—remember that rules are usually just recommendations, that problems are really opportunities, and that, in the game of life, the only losers are those who don’t play.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
- Frederick Douglass, Social reformer and abolitionist