Certainly, you’ve heard people talk about a song, a movie or a book and have said to yourself, “I wonder what all the fuss is about?” Sometimes, the song, movie or book actually lives up to the hype that has been generated. In most cases, however, the particular song, movie or book doesn’t live up to the hype, or fuss.
Hype is needed to get people talking about a particular product, service or event. Some of the most common phrases in the marketing and PR arena are:
“How can we get people talking about…”
“How can we create buzz around…”
“Bad press is still press, right?”
With so much volatility in the marketing space for products, services, events, etc., where many just don’t live up to the hype, I am convinced this same “hype concept” is what people have about leadership. I am convinced people don’t know what the leadership fuss is about and why this fuss about leadership is legit.
The Fuss Is Legit
The fuss about leadership is legitimate. Nothing happens positively or negatively without a leader…
Whether it was the horrendous Nazi regime or the honorable campaign of Dr. King…
Whether it was the entrepreneurial work of Sarah Breedlove or the scientific work of Marie Curie…
Whether it was the diplomatic and academic work of Booker T. Washington or the design work of Lewis Latimer…
At the core of every type change, whether positive or negative, you will find the function of leadership.
Even more close to home, no one gets out of debt, starts a successful business or church, or improves his or her professional career without leadership. As coined by John C. Maxwell, who is considered the #1 leadership expert in the world, “Everything rises and falls upon leadership.”
Our families rise and fall upon the quality of parental leadership
Our communities rise and fall upon the quality of civic leadership
Our schools rise and fall upon the quality of educational leadership
Our businesses rise and fall upon the quality of business leadership
Our country rises or falls upon the quality of political leadership
Simply put, the fuss about leadership is legitimate. Now, what are you going to do about it?
Response to the Leadership Fuss
In what area or areas do you want to see measurable improvement? Health, family, finances, relationships, or career? If your life is to improve in a qualitative or quantitative way, this improvement won’t happen automatically. This means you have to do something to affect this change. This “doing something” is a function of personal leadership.
At the core of leadership is the capacity to initiate, or take responsibility. You don’t have to be King, Curie, Breedlove or Washington to lead. What you need is a desire to be more, do more and have more while rejecting the notion that someone else is going to make it happen for you. This is the genesis of leadership and the fuss about it is legit.