“Get busy living or get busy dying.”
IIRC Sean McGinnis or Nancy Davis shared that as a favorite movie quote the other day. It’s about life, about getting stuff done, making things happen. Leaders live, they don’t sit around and wait for life to happen. They take action.
“Decisions are made by those who show up.” – Jed Bartlett.
“Shit or get off the pot.” – Classic.
The point of this mini Danny Brown-style musing – which was once upon a time gonna be a monster rant on crisis communications – is to that: Decide. Then stick to that decision.
Leaders [bleeping] lead.
They don’t hem. They don’t haw. They seldom straddle a fence and and don’t care from covering their asses.
Managers make decisions. They see a problem then assess, decide, implement a plan or create one on the fly. They don’t worry about who’ll call them on the carpet Monday when they are the Sunday quarterback. They make the plays that need to be made.
When the fit is hitting the shan, ‘maybe’ and ‘not my job’ gets tossed from their vocabulary. The other day I commented that it’s one component of building trust, by taking charge and having the guts to put those thoughts into action. Leaders show up.
Doers get things done. They don’t mock those who seek to do better, who get a little intense in a crisis with the intent of doing something, they don’t throw up their hands, don’t look for an excuse to give up. Leaders look at the slackers sitting on their thumbs and want them to get to work already or if not, STFU and quit being part of the problem.
Leaders are too busy working on solutions to deal with the bullshit.
Got a favorite line about leadership, please share.
* FYI I scheduled this post last week; only thing I’ve changed was updating that link. Just crazy how in sync I am with people lately. 🙂
Photo credit: Sometimes the Despair Demotivators are almost too on the mark, ya know?