With all of the various events in the Arab world, our recent partisan political debacles here in the USA, and a recent contact by another men’s group praising us for being a peer-led group, I thought it would be timely to talk about Leadership.
Male stereotypes are rich in leadership figures. Do we feel the burden of and expectation of leadership? Have you shouldered the of leadership of others in your life? Does it energize you, or is it a burden? Do you feel connected to those you lead, or alienated? Do you feel you have natural gifts in this area or have you figured out a strategies to overcome a lack of natural talent?
- Do you wish you could acquire more leadership qualities? Do they elude your grasp? What prevents you from exerting yourself as a leader? How do you react to leadership? Do you prefer to guide your own life without interference from leadership figures? Do you have latent anarchistic tendencies? Or do you crave the clear direction provided by leadership?
- Have you had leaders in your life that you’ve admired or tried to emulate? Or have you been the victim of unfair or irresponsible leadership, possibly still carrying a grudge? What do you want from leadership? What are the qualities of a perfect leader in your opinion?
- Are there leadership issues in your relationship with family, friends, lovers, work, our group?
- And finally, are you able to ‘self-lead’ – to lead your life where you want it to go instead of following your reactions and repeating the same steps over and over?