All leaders share an absolute commitment to what they are doing, why they are doing it, and to the people helping them get there.
There are many traits that mark great leadership, but all great leaders share an absolute commitment to what they are doing, why they are doing it, and to the people that are helping them get there. It was not the words scrawled on an index card that were the secret to Claire’s success. It was her commitment to those words: her willingness to put her back against the wall, stick out her neck, go all in, and put everything on the line. While most of us live in the comforting and comfortable world of both/and, for Claire there was only the scorched earth of either/or.
Commitment has become unfashionable. Marriage without a “pre-nup” is the height of folly, and it is the rare women’s magazine that doesn’t have at least one article dedicated to “commitment phobia” among men. One wag recently opined that it is now easier to get out of your marriage than it is to get out of your car payment. We all want an “exit plan,” a “plan B,” a “fallback position,” and “options.”
We are all going to get rich while keeping our day jobs and “hedging your bets” is the new definition of prudence. I once heard someone say, “I never make a commitment I can’t get out of. I never want a problem so big I can’t run away from it.”