Lead them

When Moses came down from the mountain, he said “Let my people go”. Mandela said something like “Let my people be”. And now Tesla and Apple decided to tell the oil rich countries to un-shackle drivers. That’s leadership. Whether it takes 40 years in the wilderness or a hundred year to sell electric vehicle, people will find a way, and leadership will emerge. It’s in the DNAs of homo sapiens. Leadership makes the right call, a gutsy one. No pain, no gain. Infrastructure overhaul: messy? yes. But necessary. Let’s do it. Fighting terrorism? drawn out war, but not you then who. Emergency preparedness? Burdensome, but if not, what’s the alternative (Dubai tower inferno). Each generation seeks out the right kind of leadership. It’s embedded and wired in our DNAs to lead and be led. When we can’t decide whether to flight or fight, someone somewhere needs to say “good, we will fight in the shade then” (in 300, that’s how the pack’s leader responded to spy’s warning – that the Egyptian arrows would block out the sun). Conversely, all it takes for Evil to triumph is for good men to turn a blind eye. Some day in the future, we will all know names like TIm Cook of Apple and Elon Musk of Tesla. Leaders are visionaries, thought influencers, doers and risk-takers, all roll into one. The late theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, once said that – we need to start with a way of seeing. Leaders see both threats and opportunities. In fact, since when don’t they come in a package, called Life. We all know the Chinese word for crisis. To see opportunity, all we need is to comb through today’s news: better fire alarms, more comprehensive Emergency Preparedness and Response. Isolation or incarceration, Moses or Mandela, it’s the worst that brings out the best.


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