Zig-zagging Our Way in the World

So I have came across an article the other day on this business blog by Bill Taylor titled “Do You Pass the Leadership Test?”. I have found a great quote on leadership.

The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.

There are so many metaphors for leadership, however, i find this very interesting because a zigzag is a continuous line, like a leader that leads others. I must say I am analyzing leadership through a symbol and the different analysis a “zigzag” can reveal on leadership. It is a line that reveals strength in different turns. A leader should be a strong and can pull through different obstacles and zigzag reveals the ups and downs of one’s experiences. I think that a zigzag is so interesting to use to depict leaders because it also brings up a good concept of union. A leader, which is a zigzag is a lonely symbol that represents nothing but a very discordant line. However, if a zigzag is continued, it becomes a harmonious pattern, though its shape is sharp and unharmonious. This reveals a good concept on leadership. A leader is not a leader without his team. A person can be a great professional individual, but an individual will always be overthrown by a group of minds. Everybody should keep in mind that one that can make relationships with others, are creating a powerful group of thinking. Leaders bring about change not with the mind and power of one, but the coming together of all minds.

I might be an over thinker that overanalyzes but everyone has their own personal abilities to understand leadership. This zigzag has become my way of understanding leadership and how to bring about this leadership qualities in mind, hoping to improve my own skills of leadership.

http://blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2010/08/pass_leadership_test.html

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