Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 222

Better to be remembered for what you've done, then to be remembered for what you haven't.

Leadership isn't easy.

At times, we're faced with incredibly difficult decisions, and sometimes it feels easier (and safer) to take no action, then to step out into the breach and hope for the best.

Of course, as leaders, we're expected to act, and those we serve trust in us to help them take steps towards getting better.  Therefore, action is often the best (and only) course.

Regardless of whether steps taken end in success or failure, if we've done our due diligence, examined and analyzed the data, and proceeded with counsel from those we trust and believe in, then whether we see victory or loss, we'll be remembered positively for giving it a go.

On the other hand, if we wait too long, or simply avoid taking the steps that we know we should, we'll still be remembered, but for our inability to make a difference, and for our lack of leadership.

Leading is like walking through a garden.  Sometimes we know where the poison ivy is, and sometimes we don't.  If we've done our best to map a safe way through, even if we end up in a tight spot (and end up in a painful situation), we all know that it wasn't for lack of doing what we felt was best, and doing it with the best interest of everyone involved.

So look those obstacles in the eye, do your research, and then hurdle those obstacles into the great unknown.  Hopefully you'll land on solid ground, but even if you take a bit of a fall, those you serve will be right there to pick you up (while those who have chosen not to act will be quickly left behind).

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