I have a motivational picture on my office wall … the caption reads:
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles (I have to like that bit) … they don’t flock, you find them one at a time”.
I like the quote and I believe that we all need to be capable of making decisions, and taking action that is not always “in step” with those around us … essentially demonstrating leadership qualities.
We are surrounded by lots of people who adopt “the herd mentality”. You hear it and see it everywhere:
The economy is “tanking” and therefore there is no business to be had.
Companies are laying off and therefore it is inevitable that I will be laid off.
My soccer/hockey/basketball team is losing and therefore the management/coach/star players have all got to go.
The Prime Minister/President/mayor made “that” decision … he/she must be stupid!
It is SO easy to stand out from the crowd … it is easy to be a leader, in the face of that kind of mentality.
All it requires is some independent thinking … a little bit of thought about the who, what, why and how of the situation. Perhaps some research and some considered debate before joining the herd and “jumping to conclusions”.
So … here are some alternate thoughts for you to ponder.
1. If the economy is poor (and it is) but generally speaking the herd will be panicking doesn’t that spell opportunity for the company/salesperson/entrepreneur willing to find the opportunity?
2. If you team is going through a bad time does that mean its all bad? Could there actually be people who know what they are doing and who are working towards solutions. Even more pertinent do you need to be one of the herd “running them down” … or could you be an independent thinker that looks at all of the other good they do in your community, at the potential for the future, and at the successes of the past?
3. If you feel that some government/institution/company or whatever organization has made a “bonehead move” … will you join the bandwagon of detractors or will you seek to understand why they chose that path?
It is quite conceivable that this different way of thinking might not in any way change the outcomes of those scenarios. However you can be VERY sure that if you adopt this “positive” way of thinking, it will change you and how you are perceived!
Give that one some thought!