Leadership and Character
By Michael Angier
The village in which I grew up had a town drunk. His name was Tex …
probably because he wore a cowboy hat most of the time. Or maybe he wore
the hat because his name was Tex. I don't know. Actually he wasn't just
the town drunk for our town. You see, we weren't big enough to have our
own so we had to share Tex with the next town nearby.
In any event, Tex could often be found walking the road pulling an old
rope. People would ask him why he pulled that darn rope around with him.
He'd smile, push his big cowboy hat back and say, "Did you ever try
His comment always got a laugh. I think it was his way of setting
someone up. Someone laughed at it once and it became his joke … his
But, of course he was also right. You can't push a rope.
Dwight D. Eisenhower used to illustrate the art of leadership in much
the same way. He'd place a piece of string on a table and say, "pull
it, and it will follow anywhere you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere
Leadership is the ability to make people want to follow you. It means
being out in front and doing what you're asking others to do.
The world is in dire need of leadership. People are looking to follow
almost anyone who knows where he or she is going, believes fervently in a
cause, has integrity and truly cares about his or her followers.
Leadership is a skill. It's maturity, it's wisdom, and it's discipline.
It's something that we all can do more of. How about it? Are you willing
to lead instead of follow?
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