Today’s food for thought: “Does leadership come from a ‘yes‘ or a ‘no‘?”
It is quite the thought-provoking question that has multiple ways of approaching it and even more answers to follow, none that are entirely wrong.
With that being said, here is MY personal opinion, and please, YOU feel free to develop your own:
Leadership comes from both a ‘yes‘ AND a ‘no‘:
Reasons why leadership comes from a ‘YES‘:
1. It allows for full potential – when a person hears yes, the playing field is opened up to endless possibilities.
2. Enables courageousness – when someone is able to perform to their hearts content, it allows them to be courageous in their endeavors. They may even end up surprising themselves at what they were in fact capable of doing/accomplishing.
3. Gives way for failure – Through trial and error, a leader is allowed to grow and learn. Without the open opportunity for experimentation, a new/better/more efficient way of doing things may never have been discovered.
4. Open ended opportunity – you know how the old saying goes, ‘Its easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission’ (G. Hopper). Applying that to leadership is somewhat applicable as well. In certain situations (and let me disclaim certainly not all) simply taking immediate action instead of asking for permission, waiting for an answer and putting the power of the vote in their hands, ***
5. People pleaser: If responding to a question, rather than asking one, a leader who constantly responds with a ‘yes’ has the potential to spread themselves too thin and not be fully devoted to their particular passion.
Reasons why leadership comes from a ‘NO‘:
1. It gives you a drive to prove ‘them’ wrong – when someone tells you no, there is a light sparked inside of you that wants to prove them. This light is ignited by people who have told you ‘no’ and it drives you right directly in the direction of success.
2. Provides the leader with a challenge, requiring a different approach or new way of thinking – Hearing ‘no’ requires an adaptation on the part of the leader. This stretches the character of the leader and lengthens their flexibility among working with other on various situations.
3. Power in your own hands: Similarly to #5 above, if responding to a question asking to be called into action, having the ability and willingness to say ‘no’ to some things shows control.
SO, whether you don’t ask any questions and just DO, whether you hear ‘yes’, or you hear ‘no’, or whether you’re responding ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to other people’s requests/calls to action, allow each and every encounter develop you into a better human being than who you were before.
Keep on rollin’ in the free world →
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