Yesterday, during a good, hard, one on one practice, I told my client the truth. He is trying to lead a team of lions. Good. Nothing wrong with this aim. The problem is he’s too much like a lamb. He’s fallen prey to the modern leaders plight of political correctness instead of, well, properly course correcting. There’s an old African proverb (lots of them actually) I like and felt it would be good for my client to marinate in it for awhile. Knowing you are likely some kinda soft, pc product of this golden age of abundance, it might be good for you to sit in it awhile as well. Here it is.
“An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.”
We need a few more leaders with the energy/edge of a lion. Not angry, frustrated, or lone lions. We need connected, caring, consistent lions who love their pride and love to hunt. You cannot lead a pride of lions without showing your teeth. You cannot sustain the healthy growth of your system without, sometimes, having to go far from home to find food. You cannot protect your pride without taking the lead regardless your position in the family. We have too many sheep who roar like a lion when they’re hungry (end of quarter) but haven’t been leading the hunts, day in and day out. We need some leaders who know they’ve got to do whatever it takes to feed us.
You can’t feed us when all you’re hunting for are small, easy wins. We need some leaders who know how to hunt for big game. How are you doing leading the hunt? What kinda pride are you attracting? Are you leading like a lamb or lion? Show me your teeth, please. Good…