It is the rare meeting where they are not the actual problem. They do not understand. They are insensitive. They are the reason why we are where we are. They should change, be shuffled or replaced. They should know better but they in fact do not and cannot. They have one eye and no ears and do not think. They are unfair, lost and unfortunate. They deserve nothing. They carry all the blame and God knows. The list goes on and on and you already can guess who they are. To spare you any further agony, these people that are being talked about, that are always talked about and that will continue to be talked about are a special specie that exits everywhere, in every class of life and are generally called “leaders.”
We love to talk about them and blame them for everything that they have done and/or failed to do. We think that leaders are the popular and mythical South African traditional medicine called, “makhonatsohle” which cures everything in one dose like our own local bitter “sihaqa” that my father always used to keep by his bedside. Alas, while we point fingers we forget that we also lead something here or there and we are also to blame. Whatever we blame we empower to control our lives and determine our misery.
is a tough call to be a leader. Leaders make things happen and influence. Instead of dreaming or blaming, leaders, wherever they are, whatever their station, choose to serve and make a difference where they are.
The call of leadership is open to anyone who chooses to accept it and quit being a victim. Thinking, talking and behaving like a victim never took anyone anywhere. Many would rather shun the call of responsibility, incessantly complain and timidly blame, than take the heat and do what they must to make a difference.
Jim Rohn once said that the challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly. He was right. Anyone can call out names, rant and blame.
Blaming and its cousin complaining are not creativity nor innovation.
It is the rare person who is willing to stand up, take responsibility and do what must be done.
The ultimate litmus test of greatness is not the speed or amplitude of blame, or the statistics of those that bear blame but where one stands in the face of challenge and adversity. Choose to lead from wherever you find yourself. Take responsibility and make a difference. Do not sit to judge those who are failing to clean their village when you are too lazy to make your own bed.
Stand up and be counted. Quit complaining and start doing. Your lone actions make a difference even if no one comes to pat you on your back and say well done.
Committed to your greatness.