Leadership requires sacrifice. To be a leader one must be prepared and willing to make tough decisions regardless of the popularity of such decisions. It requires one to have unwavering conviction to a set of values and ideals. It requires belief in a vision and the ability to visualize an end goal that may be unrecognizable to others. A leader must embrace the need to stand out in front of others and go against the status quo if they have any aspiration of executing on their vision.
In the context of this Transmission, a leader is defined as the opposite of a follower. It is not used here to describe a leader of a team, though many of the same ideas discussed in this Transmission apply to team leadership as well. A leader as used here is one who breaks away from the masses rather than blindly following the herd; one who thinks critically and relates all external information back to one’s own Philosophy.
Leadership is a mindset in which all decisions are made based on a set of held values and does not consider the popularity of such decisions. A leader’s decisions and pursuits are driven by something deeper than preference – they are driven by the leader’s beliefs and vision. The success of a leader is not only defined by the number of people they are able to influence but also by their ability to face great adversity and remain true to their values and vision. A leader does not need the support of others along their path if they believe strongly in their mission.
It can be anticipated that leadership can easily present one with situations where they are put into the position of the lone wolf – the single entity that must stand alone and go their own way. It is important that a leader is able to embrace this position of the lone wolf as it may be a required stage of the process of building their vision.
A leader must not be afraid of being the lone wolf, but must not strive to be one, either. The lone wolf phase should only last as long as it takes to:
- Understand the vision and values that drove one to break away from the herd in the first place. This cements the vision and puts a strategy in place.
- Develop the vision to a point where it is impervious to eternal influence.
- Build within oneself the values that they wish to find in others that align with their vision.
The position of the lone wolf is vulnerable. Without the support and protection of a pack, the lone wolf is exposed to attack. Even if the lone wolf is able to fend off attacks for a long while, eventually, the wolf will tire and be overcome by their attackers. With that said, the lone wolf phase of any change is simply something that must be endured and work through. Again, a leader operates from a place deeper than convenience or ease. The deep drive to enact change will push a leader into this uncomfortable and vulnerable position with the promise of coming out the other side better and more in alignment with their values.
In this sense, community is not a requirement for a leader to be successful, but the available strength and benefit of a supportive community cannot be overstated. It is critical; however, that the leader searches for a community only after first understanding their vision and values. In this way, such a leader can be sure that the community they find will align with their vision and be that strength and support that will strengthen their cause rather than detract from it.
Feelings of loneliness during the transition into becoming a self-leader or even a leader beginning a new pursuit is a reality of the situation. One’s vision lives within themselves and for them to change their life to be more in alignment with that vision will require one take it upon themselves to enact the required changes. The support of others may or may not be there in the beginning, but through unrelenting pursuit of the vision, one will be able to find others that will provide the support and strength that they need to carry them forward when their own strength is vulnerable.
This loneliness must not be feared – it should instead be seen as an opportunity and personal challenge through which one strengthens their resolve and confidence to push forward in their pursuits.
Stay focused and stay the path. You’re making progress.
Yours in strength,
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