Sunday, May 3, 2009

Redefining Real Leadership

Whether you voted for Obama as president, or someone else, you may have this sneaking suspicion that the guys whom we elected to represent us in Washington really don't know what they're doing.

Bills are passed that no one reads, no one knows who is getting the stimulus, how we're going to pay for it, what has happened to the billions given to the privileged companies, and life goes on.

Employees are laid off, pay checks are docked, and retirement funds look only slightly less anemic than before.

In case you haven't noticed, the traditional leadership paradigm isn't working anymore, if it ever really did.

The new leadership paradigm is this: The people who have the courage to show up in their own lives as leaders, are the ones to follow.

Real leaders are not the elected politicians.

They're not perfect.

They're not ordained.

They don't have the right degrees.

They're not cheerleaders.

They're not licensed by your state to practice leadership.

They're not playing the role of rescuer.

They're not into blame.

They simply show up every day, take responsibility, and keep moving forward. They know what they want, and what they don't want.

Real leaders show up, do what they need to do to move forward and take care of themselves. Try it.