Say it with me now. Lea-Der-Ship.
It's all around you your whole entire life, and mostly, it sucks.
Even good parents have their moments.
Teachers, coaches, counselors. They seem to all, for the most part, be actually teaching the opposite of leadership. Because what they taught instead, was to act as though you are listening, take notes so as to later repeat the lesson on some BS test, speak when you are spoken to, follow the rules of the class/road/sport and god willing there will be a measure of success.
I heard all that shit. Never was good at playing along. If I had a question, I asked it. If I thought something was BS, I made it known. Those types of "leaders"? They hate that. Because you might have a point. You might be right, but you are making a ruckus. And you are too nice and smart to make a ruckus, and you are a girl, and we have to move on to the next subject, so sit down.
Corporations are the same way. It's a tired game, and it's not long for this world. High level decisions can't fly without question from the masses, when the masses are all texting and tweeting each other all day long. Bullshit can be detected and then exposed within seconds.
But also new ideas can be exposed. And good questions. And one's loyalties and passions.
People will hate it at first, but I'm telling you guys. The ruckus-makers who give a shit, and base their ruckus on passion and thought, those cats are the future.
This is a subject i go on about all the time. But I thought about leadership this week after watching that NFC championship game. Did you SEE the Seattle comeback. I MEAN. There was a series of events at the end of that game that were EACH totally one-in-a-liftime, must-make-it plays. And they made every goddamn one. Kicker TD pass to rookie tackle? No biggie. Two-point conversion pass on the run from QB who got his ass beat the whole game? Sure. On-side kick successfully recovered? That never works. But they won that damn game. With the same players who started, and had terrible games. Threw 4 interceptions. Had like, 7 yards until the 4th quarter. It's literally insane. I could not believe it.
I'm a little biased because I'm a Seahawks fan. (I grew up here, don't start your bandwagon accusations, I'll fucking kick you). But the result was amazing. And it made me think about the kind of leadership in that organization, that has inspired those guys to play for each other like that. To never give up, to go out in the face of a disrespecting media and massive nfl fan base who think these guys are "just aight" and make freakin' miracles happen. And they are goofy, hand-shaking, bike riding, nice guys, who eat skittles and wear bow ties and HUG IT OUT because they have literally discovered the success that comes when you have so much passion and you make the choice to play for each other.
Pete Carroll must be an amazing leader. There's no way they pull this off if he's not. I would bet he could cruise into any classroom, back-of-house, or cubicle and take whatever goal was ahead of the group and bring success. And all he does is smile and jump around and talk about what amazing players he has. He doesn't act like he holds the secret to winning at anything and everything. But whatever the secret is, he has it figured out.
The hawks are a snapshot of seattle and seattle is a snapshot of the future, innovative, a little different and weird, thought provoking, kind of irritating, but smart. Seattle needs more leaders who are willing to rub that in the face of recession and the old guard. The people are here, they just need to make a little more of a ruckus.
ps. Seth Godin uses the word ruckus a lot. I discovered him a few years ago and freaked my face off about how much sense he made. If you haven't read his books, do so now!