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June 03, 2012


I Love your post. I'm really having a hard time determining the things I really want and the things I am wanting to want. I do realize false wants after or in the middle of perusing it when I already wasted an investment.

I do think the issue of 'authenticity' as a leader is critical and should be commented on. It is not stressed enough. Leadership must be earned, however most people try to capitalize on 'Positional Power' as opposed to earned power. Leaders must lead with the consent of the governed. People listen with their hearts quite often, and can genuinely discern the truth. It is because of this that businesses, churches and other civic organizations have such a hard time. As leaders, we have to earn the right to be heard. Most people have only earned the right to think, but not be heard. Until the leader has had a broad-spectrum of experience, he is not ready to 'authentically' lead or manage a group. Often people are lead or mentored by non-credible leaders. Beware of people who haven't tried and failed. Your stars come from your scars. Credibility is earned not given and until you've been tried by the fires of life and overcome, it is difficult to lead effectively. Remember: you can't lead where you don't go and you can't teach what you don't know.

Hi Lisa,

Thanks so much for this excellent post. Powerful and funny - 2 of my favourite things.

I am struggling to finish my master's so I can very much identify with your PhD story. I wanted to want a PhD and I now know, I really don't want it.

I also identified with your comments about throwing oneself in without self-consciousness and regret. What a great reminder to keep working on that.

Thanks so much,

Thanks for making a sincere effort to explain this. I feel strong enough about it and I like to read more.

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