I saw a quote on social media: “People would rather follow a leader who is real than one who is perfect.”
My first thought was, “Well, no one is perfect, so that’s not really an option.” Then I looked into the quote, which had slightly rewritten the original: “People would rather follow a leader who is always ‘real’ than a leader who is always ‘right.’”
I get the sentiment, but to be honest, I don’t think people are always happy with a real leader either. Sure, we want authenticity. We want someone who is who he or she says they are. But a leader can be real in the sense of being himself or herself but that character might be pretty bad.
Let’s have higher standards than just “being real” or “being ourselves.” Let’s consider others. Let’s filter what we do, say, and advocate through truth. Let’s not justify what we or others do because we have a “right” to say and do whatever we want.
Let’s have higher standards than that.
Start with yourself today. Breathe before you speak. Consider who is around you. Think about different perspectives. Put relationships before opinions and goals. Count the costs. Be patient. Don’t shirk away and miss an opportunity, but be compassionate while you’re being bold.