"Greatness Is A Vision"

Lucilla, in Gladiator

I woke up with this quote in mind.  Today is the Wisconsin primary.  That might have something to do with it, but I think I was thinking about something else.  

Leadership in a democracy requires more than having the consensus of a constituency.  Leaders need a vision of where they want to go, a desire to go there, and the willingness to take others with them.  By contrast, every petty bureaucracy has somebody in charge whose whole point of existence is to make sure that nothing ever changes.  They have systems and rules to control both the pace of change and those who desire it.  Leaders infuse life into a system, while a bureaucrat sucks the life from it.

Strangely, I also dreamt about frogs last night.  In my dream, great fat frogs sat around croaking about the scarcity of flies.  Each was so concerned about filling their own fat bellies that they failed to notice that the pond they were in was drying up.  They croaked and croaked and croaked, until they croaked.
That’s it – I either need to switch to decaf, or boycott board meetings…

3 responses to “"Greatness Is A Vision"

  1. Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

    Winston Churchill

  2. I forgot to add to that above comment… keep going to those board meetings. The world needs more thinkers like you, Brad.

  3. I only have one thing to add:

    Aliquando et inserire iucundum est.

    – Seneca

    I guess the best translation of this is “Sometimes it’s a good thing to act crazy.” When it comes to MWSRA and the surrounding drama, the crazy ones are the folks who emerge relatively unscathed. I feel for all you reps, I really do.

    I reference to Gail’s comment to mk, I can only add Imago Animi Sermo Est. That’s one to look up, it’s perfect. I love Seneca.

    Winston Churchill is great too. :-)