Leaders Are

By: Adam Stevenson

Leaders are leaders because leaders will work

You can’t plant a seed if you won’t dig in the dirt

You can’t say you tried when you have no sweat on your shirt

But leaders are leaders are leaders because leaders will work

Leaders are leaders because leaders aren’t scared

You can’t get ahead if you won’t go anywhere

You can’t breathe in deeply if you won’t clear the air

But leaders are leaders because leaders aren’t scared

Leaders are leaders because leaders will think

You can’t hydrate your soul if you don’t take a drink

You can’t pull it together if you’re missing a link

But leaders are leaders because leaders will think

Leaders are leaders because leaders say no

You can’t stand firm if you’re always out on the go

You can’t cast a net if it’s too big to throw

But leaders are leaders because leaders say no

Leaders are leaders because leaders don’t quit

You can’t get warm by a fire unless the branches stay lit

You can’t finish the puzzle until the pieces all fit

But leaders are leaders because leaders don’t quit

Leaders are leaders because leaders bow down

You can’t lift someone up with your feet off the ground

You can’t lead the lost if the lost can’t be found

But leaders are leaders because leaders bow down

Leaders are leaders because leaders speak truth

You can’t kill a weed without pulling the root

You can’t hear the song if the music is mute

But leaders are leaders because leaders speak truth

Leaders are leaders because leaders take pain

You can’t build a muscle without any strain

You can’t get a diamond without the hot flame

But leaders are leaders because leaders take pain

And Leaders are leaders because leaders know life’s worth

You can’t spend a dime from your box in the dirt

You can’t fix the pain until you can find the hurt

You can’t have a life without first having a birth

You can’t be your best if you think only the worst

You can’t live for you and do good on our Earth

Because leaders are leaders who know what life’s worth

Working ON vs IN a small business

Easier said than done but where there is a will there must be a way.

When you are one of the sled dogs 🐕 if not the the lead 🐺 its tough to move from pulling to directing exclusively without the team stalling out in the winter tundra 🥶

So working on the business is directing the team, looking 👀 ahead, upgrading the sled, training the team, recruiting strong 💪 and smart 🧠 ❤️ players, prepping, etc

I think great leaders do BOTH well but know when and how to rotate, especially in startups and small biz. I definitely struggle at times with this.

Yet, we shouldn’t act like ‘kick up your legs on the desk CEOs’ when its a one man, small crew or ever for that matter. Like mail in leadership.

As a small biz, its not an either / or thing. It mainly figuring out what you do best, have the most passion for and building around that.

Leaders are made differently.

Think:
Lincoln vs Grant
Eisenhower vs Patton
Jobs vs Wozniak

It boils down to Roles & Goals.

E-myth is the quintessential book on this topic, IMO.