While attending a meeting of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium yesterday I heard Dr. Doug Christensen quote Terry Pearce about the challenges of bold leadership:
“There are many people who think they want to be matadors, only to find themselves in the ring with two thousand pounds of bull bearing down on them, and then discover that what they really wanted was to wear tight pants and hear the crowd roar.”
LOVED it! And, I had never heard it before.
Dr. Steven Sample makes a similar point in his book titled The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership, in which he articulates the difference between wanting to be a leader and actually having to do the messy work that is associated with it.
To be sure, when we make the choice to follow a path of excellence, for both ourselves and our organizations, the challenges and many and daunting. It is not work for the faint of heart.
But, oh the fun and adventure of the journey...