Excellence, yes, if you are a leader, it is required. If you refuse it, get out of the way and let someone else lead.
Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “Outliers” writes, “Virtually every success story we’ve seen…involves someone or some group working harder than their peers.”
Calvin Coolidge writes, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Thomas Edison reminds us, “The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.”
In Ancient Greece, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle argued that if we want to live with happiness, we need to live with “Arete”, which translates as “excellence” or “virtue” – the real meaning, living up to one’s potential.
Challenge: Businesses, institutions, leaders steeped in mediocrity, achieving the norm, just getting by, accepting the “acceptable” unfortunately domesticate its following in the same way we domesticate our pets. Irrespective of what leaders say, as Emerson stated, “Your actions speak so loud I cannot even hear what you have to say.”
The lost art of leadership: Model Excellence
(we get the followership we create…..but here’s the thing………….you can’t give what you don’t have)