The question of what topic to write about this week was answered by a 6 point buck that wandered out onto Frederick road on a dark night and brought our car to a screeching halt. The buck stopped here.
I’ve had narrow misses and years ago, on another dark night, a deer I didn’t see ran into the side of my car and really scared me . but this guy was different. He saw us and we saw him and he ambled right into our path, stopped and didn’t budge initially. He was in charge and after letting us know that he calmly went on his way.
Leadership is lonely. Great leadership even more so because no matter who in your organization has responsibility for results, you gave them that responsibility so ultimately you are accountable.
Accepting this or not separates the best from the rest. The best find solutions, the rest place blame and avoid responsibility.
Not that you should deliberately put yourself in harms way but there are intangibles about leading that include going first where others don’t or won’t.
On a dark night, the buck stopped here.