So many people think they know how to lead. They want to stay in the forefront of other people’s lives, and tell them which way to turn. But how many of them actually ask themselves, “Am I going in the right direction?”
Leading is not about telling people where to go and how to get there. It’s about showing the way by walking the path yourself, and then turning back to mentor those of less experience.
To be a great leader, you must know when to get out of the way when your student is ready to blow past you. This means you must constantly get over yourself and your ego, and let that person fly, even while you stay on the ground.
There are far too many teachers in academia or in spiritual practices who are stuck in the past, and don’t let their students re-invent the system, or re-express reality. They think they hold the keys to all truth, and in doing so, do not acknowledge the genius in those of the following generation.
And they call themselves mentors. They get published and honored. Those who can’t see past the smoke practically worship them. Nobody moves forward.
The ego-ridden leaders lead in circles.
And a true rebel will break out.