If you’re offended by that word, don’t read this post. But, since you opened this link, I’m assuming we’re ok. Onward.
You know how everybody keeps saying “With great power comes great responsibility”? Now, that’s a good line and sounds deep when someone says it on tv, but here’s another version:
With great responsibility comes great power.
– Jim Kwik
Think about it. Depending on what you go after, you are an asshole – or a leader.
The Way of The Asshole
Some people go after power because they want to do things their way. Often, they get the power too. But, these people can’t use their power well.
These power-grabbers have not earned respect or built healthy relationships with the people they need to work with. As a result, nobody gives a fuck about them or takes them seriously.
Eventually, the power-grabbers end up pulling rank (“I’m your boss!”) or bullying others (“Do this or else…”) to get their job done.
They become assholes.
The Way of The Leader
Others go after responsibility. They stick their neck out for their actions, their team and their output. They earn their team’s respect and buy-in.
Because these guys take so much responsiblity, they have the freedom to do things their way. And, more importantly, they have legitimacy (the right) to their power.
Others acknowledge them, shit gets done and they become leaders.
You can either be the Asshole or the Leader.
The difference lies in what you make people think of you. When you take responsibility first, you end up becoming a leader who people love to follow. When you go after power first, you end up becoming an asshole that everyone hates.
Till next time, love.
Arvindh aka Gundu
P.S. If you’re an asshole, stop. Nobody likes you and most people are just too nice to tell you that to your face. Most people. Not me.
P.P.S. Please forward this to a leader/asshole you know. Keep them guessing.