Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Path Not Yet Taken

He was a leader not because he chose to be, but because it was his nature to seek distance.
-from "Hunter's Run" by George RR Martin, et al

I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-from "The Road Less Travelled" by Robert Frost

There are two types of leaders, those who lead by directing and those who lead by breaking new ground.

The first is what most people think of when considering the concept of leadership, but the second is no less true.

The Frost poem isn't completely applicable, but if I intend to refer to it, I suppose I ought to quote at least part of it, for those unfamiliar with it. "The Road Less Travelled" doesn't speak of breaking new ground, it simply mentions choosing choices that are less common, whereas the "Hunter's Run" quote actually refers to carving a new route.

Sometimes, however, the wilderness through which we're blazing a new trail gets the better of us, and we again become leaders, leading examples of what not to do. At worst, our lives, posthumously, serve as a warning to others.

Don't find yourself too discouraged by these warnings, by the failings of those who came before. Who would blaze your trail if you don't?