A Moment of Leadership
I wanted to use this moment to express a few thoughts that have been floating around in my mind. In recent weeks, I have come to realize that I have actually found some good friends who are not just there during the good times. I have been given a great amount of good things in my life, but friends have been limited in number. The friends that I have held dear have been great and long-lasting. It was their influence on me that helped change some of my unsavory qualities. I still struggle with tendencies of less-than-positive view and a slight trend toward narcissism. Of course, I like to think that all of us have a moment or two where we are self-centered and self-serving. All of this is coming into the light as I settle into a new job and new responsibilities. I am the new guy again.
Confidence in one’s abilities is not always a bad thing in those moments when it must be used to defend a position or offer a suggestion. I am often finding myself pulling back from speaking like a know-it-all. A great talent is not always appreciated and some resent it. This brought me to realize that perhaps there was a better way to handle such a situation.
As I stated in a previous blog, I was going to begin reading a few books. A couple did not grab me immediately, so they were put to the side for a time. To be honest, reading a novel, for me, is something that fits into the right time in life. So, I moved through a few books and found that I was back to reading the Game of Thrones, which I had put off. At first glance, the writing was skilled with developing great twists of intrigue and characters. I felt that it was lacking a great amount of description to the world that I was used to. However, I have found it to be enjoyable, and I continue to read.
Back to my point about handling a situation with some humility and grace so resentment is not borne by others, I found that one particular character in the book to have a similar situation. The bastard Jon Snow, who comes from his father’s house with training and skill with the sword, enters into the service of a fighting troop who protects the realm from the forces beyond the Wall. It is a harsh life and they are sworn off a life of family. As Jon enters the training, it is very clear that he is capable of defending himself and defeating his classmates in large groups. However, he is isolated by those that he has defeated and embarrassed. It becomes even harder as the trainer brings his own ridicule into the situation.
It is at this moment that Jon is given some advice that perhaps he should remove that haughty nature from his confidence. It is this quality that the other recruits and instructors are resenting in Jon. I don’t think that I would have puzzled it out as well as Jon, but he turned from beating his classmates to teaching them with the skills that he has. He goes from loner to a distinct leader of the recruits to the point that they follow him, even against the wishes of the instructor.
In this, I considered the new position that I was placed in at my new job and remembered the true leadership that is found in being a mentor while being the leader. I have used this technique in the past, but it has been some time since it was on my mind. It has drawn me from the darkness that I often faced during the last few months.
It was inspired by a novel, enhanced by friends, and used by a person seeking to become a better part of this world. I count those here that read and follow me as part of that support. When I was lost, all of you were there for me. My thanks to all.
By the way, my frequency may not increase entirely as the job levels off and the coming of the great month of November. November holds a few things that should be excellent. It is the month of NaMoWriMo and I will be making my second attempt to writing a novel of 50,000 words in a month. Last year, I finished the novel in January, so I am trying for a better run this time. I will likely update the blog as I can.
Also, my wedding anniversary comes toward the end of the month and it will be eighteen years, so it will be exciting. So, for now, I need to catch up on my favorite blogs and enjoy what all of you are writing.