Screaming in excruciating pain, leadership in this world today seems to have fallen and broken it’s back. One of the worst injuries a person can sustain is a broken back, creating all kinds of havoc upon the life of the individual. By way of introduction, I am going to mention a few common effects of a back that has been broken:
- Crippled Leadership– Ineffective Leading
- Paralyzed Leadership– Inactive Leading
- Dead Leadership– Indefinite Loss of Leading
Leadership needs to get “back” to doing what it’s function was meant to do-LEAD! Many “leaders” need to press their “life alert” button, because they “have fallen and can’t get up!”
Staying with our theme, “The Anatomy of a Leader,” I want to give you three ways that will affect a leaders back and get them “back” to leading.
Get a Backbone
I love this quote I saw sometime ago,
“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”
-Alexander the Great
We need a generation of leaders that are going to get some grit in their crawl and take a stand. Strong leadership is one of the crowning jewels of a nation, a business, and a family. Sometimes, that means standing alone! Sometimes, that means being misunderstood, or even mocked. But the leader with a backbone has weathered many a storm, and has stood on the bow of the ship and guided it through some rough waters.
Do not confuse what I am saying. I am not talking about being belligerent, loud, and obnoxious. Being a jerk and running people over is not leadership.
You may be an introvert and still be strong, quite but confident, and humble but bold. Some of the greatest leaders in history were introverts. They lead without being loud! They leave their mark without being a mockery! They can guide without acting like God! They have authority without a bad attitude!
Having a backbone, standing strong, and guiding with confidence, will get you “back” to leading.
Backing Up is Not an Option
Forward progress should be the direction of every aspiring leader. Carrying the weight of the world and feeling the pressure of your position will many times send the leader into retreat and backing out of their responsibility.
Fear is a great monster that torments our mind, but can be a great motivator that thrusts into forward motion. Fear holds back many leaders and cripples them from any real and true progress.
“There can be no retreat when there’s no rear. You can’t retreat, or even withdraw, when you’re surrounded. The only thing you can do is to break out, and in order to do that you have to attack, and that is what we’re about to do. Heck, all we’re doing is attacking in a different direction.”
—Marine Major General Oliver P. Smith, in Korea, 1950
Great leaders know that there is no retreat. No retreat in the fire! No retreat in the fight! No retreat in the face of failure! What are you going to retreat to? Where would you go and what would you be doing? Those with a backbone must not back up or back down, but march on!
The back is the most vulnerable part of the body when you are in the retreat mode. You cannot protect it or shield it. Let me give you a few things that will keep you from moving backwards:
- Courage- Merriam-Webster said that courage is the “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”
Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. -Walt Disney
- Confidence- Confidence is a state of mind. To me confidence comes from small victories every single day. I go to work every day with the mindset of winning. We have the best product. We have a great team. We have an amazing customer base. I can have confidence in the fact that whatever I face or whatever I feel, I can overcome it by simply pressing forward and not giving up.
- A Calling- If you do not believe in what you are doing, read my lips, “YOU WILL NOT MAKE IT!” It has to be a passion that drives you through the fiercest trials and battles. You need to find your calling! You know what it is! It has been nagging on you for years. Go for it and do not look back!
Use your back for other purposes other than retreating, and those around you will follow you and trust you, because they can see that you are a person that is willing to stick with the stuff no matter what!
When I lifted weights a lot, one thing I wore all the time was a back brace. I would be lifting heavy weights and would need additional support to keep from hurting my back.
Listen, you need to brace yourself for the burdens that you are about to lift. The leader needs a strong back in order to carry such a load. Why wear a brace?
- Support- As a leader you need support. Whether it is motivational resources, a mentor, a spouse, your team, or whatever you deem strong enough to keep you motivated.
- Strength- Constant training is necessary but will leave you weak and vulnerable at times. A brace will help you maintain form and posture, to best assist you in your strength training. You will need strength as a leader!
These two things will help you brace for failure and fatigue. Do not let the burden of a leader cause you to back away or back down, but rather put a passion in you to lead with great influence.
The ability to handle these loads will determine your ability to lead. It’s true, the leader carries great burdens, more than the average person. Brace for it and press on!
Your back is without a doubt a vital part to your body. It affects your lumbar, posture, nervous system. It attaches the brain and the tail bone. The back is important to the leader’s anatomy and must be protected at all cost. TheSuccessfulLeader blog wants you to get “back” to what you love to do and are passionate about-Leading!
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