Let me give you an example of leadership. It takes guts to be a leader and believe me, I didn’t always have those mighty guts. A few years ago, I got invited to a New Year’s Eve party at this friend’s house and he mentioned in the invite that it was ALSO going to be a hot tub party. How…hot. This is in Phoenix, Arizona, and it was about 40 degrees out that night and for here, THAT is cold (despite me growing up in New England). But nonetheless, I brought my orange Baywatch-style swim trunks and navy blue towel and when I was at the party, I noticed that NOBODY was using the hot tub outside in the backyard! So I asked my buddy if it works and he said it did, so he turned on the hot tub so it can heat up and after a little while, it was hot enough to go into. Yet, everybody was still inside the house. Look, I don’t care what anybody thinks of me and I have nothing to lose, so I changed into my trunks, walked through the kitchen area half-naked where people were looking at me like “what the hell?” and some were even laughing at me; but yet, I didn’t care and walked right to the hot tub, climbed in, and basically enjoyed all that space I had, since I was by myself out there. Well, needless to say, that was about to change.
All of a sudden, the party seemed to have moved outside. One of my buddy’s roommates came and said,”hey, you’re not going have fun out here by yourself”, so he changed into his trunks and jumped in and even though most of the people didn’t have bathing suits, they did want to be a part of the hot tub party by sitting on the edge with their feet dipped in and then now, everybody’s conversing and having a great time. Somebody even decided to light the fire pit on the patio and started a new group conversation there while we hung out at the hot tub. I’m not trying to brag or trying to show off my ego (which I really don’t have much of), but it’s just an example of what YOU can make happen simply by just having GUTS and being PREPARED to be leader! Who do you find more interesting, the person with guts who does what others aren’t willing to do or the others who just go with the flow?