367: The Surprising Mantle of Leadership
Here are the notes I read from for this episode:
Stand up comedians
Growing up in 70s
I thought everyone would want to lead, to give I Have A Dream speech of their generation
Felt so natural, though universal
So until recently felt others could do better, wouldn’t want to compete
Dawning on my almost nobody wants to
Nobody seems to want to change
I expect they’ll be happy to change if they don’t have to do work
After all world has changed. Seems easy to change with it
Maybe people are waiting for someone and I can or should be it
Crazy for me to think nobody wants it
Question I’ve asked lately: Genie Mandela choice
I thought all the people competing to be leadership gurus want to lead
Or people competing to reach top of corporate ladder want to lead
They want to manage companies and organizations, maybe lead small groups
But taking risks, maybe not
I’m coming to terms with stepping up, or figuring out what that means
Years ago before starting podcast I thought about taking leadership role, realizing success meant challenging Koch brothers. Scary. I could be attacked. King, Gandhi, and others killed.
Realized when opportunity to speak on Washington Mall came up, King probably didn’t want to give I Have A Dream Speech. Probably thought, â€œCan anyone else? I guess I have to do it.â€
Is it crazy for me to think of taking on role like theirs. Does anyone else want to?
Still figuring out how, but deciding to act more assertively. If you see ideas or opportunities I don’t, please tell me.
In the meantime, I see why I’m unique in finding joy in not flying by choice. Still nearly incomprehensible that people can learn how their behavior hurts others and still prefer to justify and imagine their pollution isn’t.
Is it so outlandish to try, and take my word that you’ll be glad you changed?
Is it so crazy to imagine that economists all misunderstand what finite planet means and that growth has to end, so their theories don’t apply?