Friday, January 27, 2017
Five Minute Friday: "Control"
The ability to control the money.
The ability to control the underlings / direct reports (I've always hated those terms, but they're there).
The stamina to control his emotions...or at least look like he does anyway.
The privilege of controlling the rules. Like any game, he who controls the rules always wins. Why? Because he can change them at will to suit his whims.
In my experience, it seems that a leader doesn't really have to exercise much self control. As long as he can control those beneath him, he has no obligation to follow rules or have self discipline.
I bring this up because I'm in the midst of reading Gretchen Rubin's book Better than Before and I'm bothered by something. In it, she mentions the four personality tendencies: the obliger, the questioner, the upholder, and the rebel. The rebel, as scary as it seems, sounds like the typical leader; no rules to follow, no need for self control, no accountability, and they make the rules.
Is that really how this works? Is this why I'll never be a leader?
Prompts provided by Mrs. Kate over at Heading Home.