The Art of Leading Without Leading

Looking back on the art that affected us as kids – books, films, music, images – reveals much about who we are and how we see the world.

Growing up, one of my favourite films was Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter the Dragon’.

There’s a lot of actual fighting in it, but Bruce’s philosophy is also woven through the script. At one point, he demonstrates “the art of fighting without fighting”.

35 years later, I’ve realised that line is a core part of how I see leadership.

I’m not interested in brash, obnoxious, leadership. Dividing the world into simplistic, digital 0 or 1s – this or that. [I doubt that even qualifies as leadership, frankly].

Instead, I value calm, balanced, leadership. The ability to sit in the complex, analogue grey areas – this and that.

It’s easy to stand up and scream “Follow me! I’ve got all the answers!”

Saying “I don’t know“ is hard, and it sometimes doesn’t look like conventional ‘leadership’ … but it’s worth the effort.


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