Leadership Rails

From infancy, we all ride other peoples’ rails for a season, as we learn to navigate through life, and as our own self-awareness is developed.

But at some point, budding leaders have to decide whether they are best served – and can best serve others – by remaining on pre-established pathways, or by blazing their own trail.

Not everyone is cut out to lay down fresh rails – there is a tenacity and a thick skin required to follow a vision that may not be shared by others. But conscience, inward conviction, or out-of-the-mainstream ambition may compel a man or woman to blaze new trails.

There is no simple answer as to who should venture out, when, and how. And there are always a dozen reasons to play it safe. But eventually you may reach a point in the journey where you know that if you don’t act, you’ll always regret it.

As Yogi Berra might have said, when you reach that fork in the road – take it!

My LeadershipChat co-host, Lisa Petrilli, describes just such a fork in the road in her life. Feel free to join the Twitter community that is #LeadershipChat on Tuesday night at 8 pm to discuss this topic!

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3 Responses to Leadership Rails

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  2. This is an excellent post, Steve. My favorite line- “But at some point, budding leaders have to decide whether they are best served – and can best serve others – by remaining on pre-established pathways, or by blazing their own trail.” I’ve always somewhat served as a leader. I think we all know if we’re a leader or follower from a young age. It’s making the decision to step out and stand out that is the difficult part. I’m always looking for the next move in my path to help me grow as a leader. Its a development path. Eventually I want to be the leader who can share my experiences with young, ambitious people, the way other leaders, such as yourself, shared their experiences. Leaders can help other leaders reach that point when they can finally “blaze their own trail.”

  3. Steve G says:

    Leadership Agent – Really Post and A Really Good Dilemma. Play It Safe or Take The Risk and Create Your Own Path…I have often come up against that dilemma in my career. As a true leader (and being true to yourself), the easy answer should be to create your own path – Is That What Leaders Preach?

    However, what do you do when your path goes against the norm, or other leaders in your company don’t like the path you have chosen? Is it easier then to go with the flow, and play it safe?

    This is an excellent subject and I believe one that isn’t as easy as it seems when played out in every day professional life.

    As always Steve, you have a great way of throwing a curve ball at us – your readers!!! But hey, that is what leadership is all about! Not every pitch is a fast ball down the middle!

    Thanks Leadership Agent for preparing us for battle!

    SPGonz

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