John Gillis and I have a draft of an article on Leading by Two. We have been leading each other to get here. Now, we’ve asked a handful of people to read what we have written and help “lead” us to make it better. It’s one of those “be careful what you wish for” situations where, after working on something for months and feeling like “this is pretty good,” we’re about to find out: Well, maybe not SO good.
So, I ask: Who is leading you?
And today, as you consider your answer, you might employ this wonderful description of a leader, from an article the late David Foster Wallace penned about John McCain:
“[A] real leader is somebody who can help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.”*
Who does that for you? Do you thank them? Are they active enough, engaged enough with you, that you’re being led to do and be more?
Perhaps this morning you might invite such a leader or mentor to lunch or coffee, so as to help you:
Lead with your best self!
*David Foster Wallace, “The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub,” Rolling Stone, April 13, 2000, accessed on 11/5/17.