Ideas Ideas Ideas, Oh My

For the past few weeks I’ve had a new idea on my mind. I’ll give you a hint. It could be a business model, but I don’t really care if it is or not. It’s more about the end result than it is about sales or even the process.

If that isn’t vague, I don’t know what is.

So, here’s a little more insight. I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership. What defines “leadership”? Who is a leader? How does one lead effectively? Why are people afraid to lead?

The more I define this thought process, the more I’ll be able to put it into words. However, in the meantime, I’m reading a book called “Advice for a Young CEO” which is essentially a compliation of Fortune 1000 CEO’s letters to a young man looking for advice on how to become a CEO. The advice is wonderfully powerful. It drives me to ask questions not only about my own life and direction, but about the lives of others I’ve influenced. I have begun to think about one particular characteristic; servant leadership.

Right now, with this context in mind, I am defining servant leadership as serving those who you have authority over with the intent of knowing their motivations, listening to their hearts, and guiding them toward a unified vision with their success as well as the success of an overarching mission in mind. This kind of sounds like manipulation. If the mission and vision were the only thing that mattered, then yes, manipulation would be the logical process as a means to an end. However, the point is not solely the mission. It is also the person. The person matters just as much as the mission. And, if this is the case, manipulation would be unhelpful. So, it is not an option.

Anyway, I need some rest, but I’ll continue this thought process later. Oh, and if you’re interested in keeping an eye on this blog for when I write next, feel free to signup for email notification (or simply add my RSS feed to your NewsReader if you’re so technically inclined).

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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