The cool Karma of leadership

19 05 2015

“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there.” ~Albert Einstein

You know how you don’t have to think about breathing?  (Yes, you just thought about that last breath you took, and you will for the next few, but you’ll forget soon, and still keep breathing.)  It’s “just like riding a bike” – you never forget how to do it, even if you haven’t been on a bike in 10 years.  Some things you just do on auto pilot.

Leadership eventually is like that.  New managers have to learn “the rules” of leadership.  They need a mentor/coach to bounce ideas off of.  They make mistakes, and learn from them.  They make decisions that cost real money.  They eventually promote their first staff member into a leadership position of their own, and start mentoring.  Somewhere along the line, making leadership decisions just starts to come naturally.  Someone will bring you a problem of theirs, and you’ll quickly answer their question.  When you do, they may look at you with surprise, and say “Why didn’t I think of that?”  You didn’t just create a magic solution to the problem, even if it seems to them like you did.  You used your years of experience, your pattern recognition from dealing with similar problems in the past, and computed one acceptable answer on the fly.  You can’t “prove how you got there”, as Al says, but it is indeed a higher plane of knowledge.  Enjoy – it’s payback for all that stress you went through to get here.  Karma can sometimes be pretty cool. (See, you already forgot about that breathing thing).  🙂

Speaking of a plane…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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