Monday, April 11, 2011

A Certain Kind of Person

I asked a local Marshall Arts Instructor if her school has trained many mixed martial arts fighters, given the sudden rise in popularity of the sport.  She said, "We get a few calls but we haven't really trained many fighters - it takes a certain kind of person to want to get punched."

She's right.

It takes a certain kind of person to have the courage to be a fighter.  It takes a certain kind of person to have the courage to lead and it takes a certain kind of person to have the courage to create an environment for others to lead. It also takes different leaders, different acts of leadership, and different leadership styles to meet the many challenges we face.  Here are a few questions to consider:

What kind of leader do you have to be to meet your challenges? 

What kind of leader would you have to become to meet the challenges of the leader you want to be? 

What kind of leader would you have to be to allow other leaders to flourish around you?

My favorite Leadership Philosopher, Robert Greenleaf, ignited the modern Servant Leadership movement with his essay, The Servant As Leader. First published in 1970, it identifies a person who has the desire and willingness to serve and be a servant first, who is focused on the needs of others, as the critical characteristics which separate servant-leaders from other kinds of leaders.  These qualities make certain people able to be Servant Leaders.

What kind of leader are you?

What kind of leader will you be?


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