Learning to be a leader

11 12 2014

“The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer

What a great quote!  For those of you under 40, you’ll get it, eventually.  J

Much like life, leadership doesn’t start in your first years of work.  First, you have to understand what it is to be a front-line worker.  You have to learn what business protocols are, how to disagree with someone without making it personal, and how to be corrected (privately) when you don’t get it right.  Luckily, it doesn’t take 40  years of employment to understand the norms, both those of the workplace, and those of your company.  Otherwise, we’d just start getting it about the time retirement was around the corner.  Once you’ve made all the right mistakes (different people take different times to get there, depending on whether they can learn from other’s mistakes or not), and learned what NOT to do, then you’re ready to put your toes in the leadership pool, and teach others what you learned the hard way.

Speaking of text:

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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24 12 2014
bradsdesk

I like the cartoons you use in your posts! Adds a lot to your writing and they are pretty funny!

8 01 2015
krazjim

Thanks. Leigh Rubin is a friend of mine, and has generously allowed me to use them. Frankly, they’re the start of the the daily “puzzle”. Read the comic, laugh, find a quote that is tangential to it, then use the quote to expound with “leadership kumbaya”. Many of them, like today’s (1/8) remind me of the Far side, if a different sort of twisted!

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