following and leading

In three of my six meetings today I explained the context around different decisions that need to be made and said, “And so I just don’t know what to do.”   In one case, I explained the sticky dilemma I’m facing and was told, “That helps me. That’s enough. I don’t need more of an answer than that.”  And in all three cases, I left the meeting with a better idea of how to solve the puzzle than before I discussed it with my colleagues.

Being the leader doesn’t mean being infallible or invincible.  It just means you’re standing in front.  If you’re lucky, there’s a crowd behind you giving you the extra oomph you need to keep moving.  Today in particular I know I’m lucky.

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