This illustration came from a talk that Mr. Bob Burg, co-author of ‘The Go–Giver‘ and other books, gave a couple years ago – I recently felt compelled to transcribe it anew from an audio track recorded that evening.
There’s a lieutenant who is getting ready to camp with his troops during World War II. He is educated ahead of time by his commanding officer, who said:
Lieutenant, when your men have been fed, and if there is any food left, then you will eat. And, after your troops here [ in camp ] have been bedded down, if there’s a place to lie down, then you will sleep.
Be very prepared for leadership. It is a calling, a mission field, and far beyond what you may have been led to believe if you have been immersed in the mass media portrayals of leaders.
Yet, if you want to grow your leadership ability, even from ground zero, it is most certainly needed & you can do it. Just get the right mindset = serve 1st; always be humble; grow daily; fail often; learn from each mistake you make (PDCA); dream & visioneer constantly. All of these tend to be contrarian in our society/Western world, however, leadership requires sacrifice, which is the production of sacred things.
I wish you nothing but the best on your journey.