During my trip to Chicago in May 07, I had the privilege of seeing round the Art Institute of Chicago. Wonderful… One of the paintings I saw was this one by Frederic Remington called: “The Advance Guard, or The Military Sacrifice (The Ambush)”, 1890. (click on the image to go to my flickr site if you wish to see the painting in more detail).
Made me think about a few conversations I’ve been in recently about leadership – it can be dangerous! Taking the courage to go out front, to enable people to face uncomfortable reality which may require a change in values not just approach. When things that worked for the group/organisation in the past are no longer appropriate. How this challenge can cause leaders to ‘shrink back’
Are you leading? Are you aware of the realities around the people you serve? Do you have the courage to seek to find ways to surface or ripen these issues in a way that helps people make the needed transformational change?