When the people around you are looking to you, what do you do?
Several times in my life, I have found myself looking around for someone else who could lead, who would know exactly what needed to be done and effortlessly take charge, someone who instantly inspired confidence in the rest of us. In those times I’ve been willing to follow another person whose ideas I could support.
Sometimes I’ve practiced “leading from behind”, recognizing that someone else has a really good idea and directing the attention of the group to that person, helping them to be the focus of attention so the idea can be brought forward.
And sometimes I’ve had to say to myself, “I’m not ready, but I’m all we’ve got,” swallow my fear, and step up. Those have been some of the most challenging, expanding, and rewarding times in my life.
March 16, 2021