Leadership Minute: See Past the Majority

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When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority. – Charles R. Swindoll

This is one of the toughest leadership principles to grasp. Vision is relatively easy compared to getting past the majority opinion. Leaders come under an enormous amount of pressure to lead in such a way as to please the majority. All leaders had better understand this truth; leadership can be lonely at times. When your vision takes you to a place where the majority does not reside you’d better be prepared to stand alone. Your vision is not a popularity contest. Stand by your principles. Be true to yourself. And then let the chips fall where they may. But at the end of the day don’t forfeit your dreams for the appeasement of the crowd.

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About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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