The irreducible essence of leadership is that leaders are people who live their deepest personal values without compromise, and they use those values to make life better for others- this is why people become leaders and why people follow leaders. -Stan Slap in "Bury My Heart in Conference Room B"Wow! I thought, I wonder where this came from (besides some dude in Conference Room B)? And with a simple click I arrived at the blog of the Optimal Optimist, a twenty-something girl in Philadelphia out to make a difference. And being up for a bit of difference-making myself, I read on to be reminded that:
"Smooth seas do not make for a skillful sailor." (African Proverb)
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
and my favourite:
"Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself." (George Bernard Shaw)
So I'm going to take my 'deepest personal values', follow this one for a while and see where it takes me...