“If you want to make the weather
Then you have to take the blame
If sometimes dark clouds fill the sky
And it starts to rain…..and folks complain”
Or to put it another way, sometimes you have to learn, “to take the crunchy with the smooth”. Because that is life and that is leadership. Whether it is business leadership, voluntary leadership or your own personal leadership. – there will be as many downs as there will ups and you need to take them on the chin.
It can feel a little unfair. You have those days where the world seems to be ganging up on you and conspiring to make your life hell. Where people and situations are flakier than a convention of Head and Shoulders fans and whenever the music stops you seem to be the one without a chair – yet other people are bitching about the plumpness of the cushions.
Because life is like that and as a leader you need to rise above it. The moment you get dragged down to the bitching and the whingeing and the whining you have lost. The moment you start blaming others rather than accepting that the winds have taken things in a different direction, you are no longer a leader.
The trick is to remember the imperative. Remember why you set out, what you are trying to achieve and why. It doesn’t have to be big and clever and shiny, just important to you. If you look at it and it doesn’t still stand true then don’t be afraid to re-evaluate, but if it still does, re-galvanise, re-focus, accept that things might suck, embrace the suck and move on.
Because you’re a leader, because if you don’t who the hell else will and because the world needs people like you.
Sometimes, they just forget.