Why you must lead or follow by Scott Berkun
An excellent article on leadership courtesy of Merlin Mann and delicious...
Why you must lead or follow By Scott Berkun, May 18 2005
Something curious happens when we confront things we don’t like. Instead of the useful choices of taking action to improve things or accepting things as they are, we often just sit on our asses, point fingers and complain. We’ve developed the passive habits of spectators, rather than the active roles of creators and supporters (Pop quiz: what's your daily criticism to complement ratio? What's your daily ratio of things used, to things made?). And when it comes to making things with other people, it’s the active roles that make the difference between making things we’re proud of and those we’re not. The dictum “lead or follow” means you have to decide for yourself where you stand. If you are committed to the work, you need to focus either on leading others in doing the right things or in supporting someone else that is.