This post is inspired by the #UsGuys weekend Blog-off topic of Offline Klout, thanks to @DanPerezFilms
A lot of discussion has gone off lately about what Influence is, online & offline. In the real world, true Influence is like Being a thought leader. How this position is attained is a matter which is highly debatable, but can be summed as a person who is looked up to by others in his circle & community. In other words, its called being truly “Influential” and respecting that position.
I would like to share a Blog post which was posted in 2005 by yours truly, in a world without Klout but when I was struggling to find a CEO for one of my Start-ups. Please do Share & Comment.
IN SEARCH OF A LEADER
I went on a search to become a leader…
I searched high and low. I spoke with authority. People listened. Alas, there was one who was wiser than I, and they followed that person.
I sought to inspire confidence, and the crowd responded: “Why should I trust you?” I postured, and I assumed the look of leadership with a countenance that flowed with confidence and pride. And many passed me by and did not notice my air of elegance.
I ran ahead of the others and pointed the way to new heights. I showed that I knew the route to greatness and then looked back and discovered I was alone.
“What shall I do?” I queried. “I’ve tried hard and used all that I knew”. I sat down and pondered. And then I listened to voices around me. I heard what the group was trying to accomplish. I rolled up my sleeves and joined in the work.
As we worked, I asked: “Are we all together in what we want to do and how to get the job done?”
And we thought together, and fought together, and struggled toward our goal.
I found myself encouraging the faint-hearted. I sought ideas of those too shy to speak out. I taught those who had little skill. I praised those who worked hard. When our task was completed, one of the group turned to me and said: “This would not have been done but for your leadership.”
At first I said: “I didn’t lead. I just worked with the rest.” And then I understood, leadership is not a goal, it is a way of reaching a goal. I lead best when I help others to go where we’ve decided to go. I lead best when I help others to use themselves creatively. I lead best when I forget about myself as a leader and focus on my group … their needs and their goals.
To lead is to serve … to give … to achieve together.