I may be obsessed with examples of great leadership. Naturally, great leadership is defined differently depending on who you speak to and who you listen to. It’s kind of like the whole, self-proclaimed”expert” definition I also find myself rolling around with.
I have never considered myself to be particularly thoughtful over things that have nothing to do with me. I’ve noticed a major shift in the past few years and like Alka-Seltzer, “oh what a relief it is.”
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved the play, Cyrano de Bergerac. What I didn’t realize until much later in life, is that what I enjoy most, both personally and professionally, is behaving with a very similar intention that I perceive the Cyrano character to have. The rewards of virtual anonymity and a full outside view of the fruits of my labor, satisfy me more than anything I have ever experienced.
In my younger days when I performed on stage, I was rarely cast in a chorus role. I was almost always a lead or a supporting “steal the show” kind of character. I guess sometimes, I was really good, but that isn’t the same as being comfortable or being at home with something.
As I reflect on leadership, being an expert and now the painfully overused word, “innovation,” I’m left with a warm smile and an almost undefinable joy that being behind “great leadership,” offers.
For any stage performer playing a lead role, you are only great with significant lighting, sound, sets and co-performers.
Nothing great is done alone. Absolutely nothing. A great leader or expert, I think, is a grateful member of the ensemble and crew.
I hope my assessment doesn’t get anyone’s nose out of joint. If it does, be like Cyrano.