Another Instance Where A Leader Lacks Leadership “Muscle”

Racial tensions have grown in the United States at an alarming and seemingly exponential rate in the last year. Stories have continued to reach the headlines on a regular basis with the tension and public outcry the same but with a different locations as the backdrop.

The irony in one particular story in this turbulent year, from the University of Missouri protests, is striking as the media professor reported on in the story threatened the…media by calling for “some muscle” to come and help remove them.  So there are two strikes against her and they have nothing to do with her cause.

“Leadership isn’t only about what you do do, but also what you don’t do. You exude just as much leadership in your inaction as you do in your action.”

Strike One is crying out against something you’ve specialized in. We don’t know the exact nature of her courses, but it’s safe to say that there might be significant exposure to media happenings and the importance of the nature of the work the media delivers to its customers and audiences.

Strike Two is that, as a professor — an ambassador of the institution — she is getting caught up in “harassing” student journalists.  A professor is supposed to not only be a representative of their industry and specialization but also a resource from which students are supposed to learn how to approach the world.

Leadership isn’t only about what you do do as in this case, but also what you don’t do. You exude just as much leadership in your inaction as you do in your action. You demonstrate to all who are watching your ability to reserve and hold back when appropriate, which is just as important as when you speak up and move forward.

Society has gotten out of hand with the “act now and apologize later” modus operandi. It gets rehashed, repetitive, and old.

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“True leadership is about being self-aware in the moment to come out with the best result for your side, your followers, or your cause.”

True leadership is about being self-aware in the moment to come out with the best result for your side, your followers, or your cause.

In this case, that discipline fell by the wayside.

So…What About You?

  • How do you reconcile the lessons you teach to the actions you carry out?
  • What is your process for doing so?
  • How well do the lessons and actions of those around you reconcile, if at all?

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