The Great Paradox of Leadership: Leading the Herd While Still Being a Part of it

The very definition of leadership requires a leader to stand apart from the crowd.  If a so-called leader is simply doing the same thing everyone else is doing, they’re not leading at all. They’re following.

Yet, we’ve all known leaders that strayed too far from the beliefs of their constituents, or appeared to put on airs of being superior to the group, and in the process they lost tons of  influence.  While they might hold on to the title associated with being a leader for some time, they’re true influence is essentially dead and they’re headed out to pasture sooner than later.