The Leadership Experience

21 05 2014

“We are different, in essence, from other men.  If you want to win something, run 100 meters.  If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” ~Emil Zatopek

Like running, you have a few critical choices you can make in leadership, and in your interactions with other leaders.  You can win – Just be right about something, and make sure that the person who was wrong knows that they were wrong.  Gloat, Brag, enjoy your win.  And then try to get their support for anything, ever, again – good luck.

Preferably, you’ll choose to experience leadership, for it is a marathon.  You will be right, and you will be wrong.  When right, be right quietly.  Once you’ve proven your point, people know that you’re right.  You don’t have to point it out and celebrate it.  When wrong – celebrate your mistake.  Congratulate the other party for being so insightful, and thank them for teaching you something that you didn’t know.  You can rest assured that when you need to work with them again, they’ll be happy to work with you, and when you are right the next time, the relationship will grow as you both realize that you’re better as a team than you are as rivals.

Or, as said more eloquently by an unknown author “Be careful whose toes you step on today, because they might be connected to the foot that kicks your butt tomorrow.”

Speaking of running…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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