I “steal” the quote from this incredibly intense book I read when I was a teenager to explain the paradox of leadership.
Well, I guess it’s because Leaders need to be able to carry a lot of weight without being overwhelmed, carry weight but stay light.
Leaders who cannot do this will eventually surrender because of the too much pressure.
What are, then, the prerequisites for being a Leader? Not only lightness, I say, but also the environment around him, even though even the best possible environment will not help if Leadership is not in the DNA.
The best seeds will not grow in cement.
Being in an environment where you can say what you think, when debating and challenging other leaders’ ideas is not only accepted but expected, that is the right place for a Leader.
There are not many places in the world where this is possible, but if you stumble upon one of those, please stop.