Whoso would be a man must also be a non conformist.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series
CAST of CHARACTERS:
Voice in the crowd
Child in their midst
Follower: “What if…….”, “How would……..?”, “Why was that?”
Voice in the crowd: “Who wants to be our leader?”
Seasoned follower: “I do.”
Voice in the Crowd : “Go ahead then; be our leader.
Child in their midst: “I think the Voice in the Crowd should be our Leader.”
Though coming from the lips of one so young, the idea seems to resonate throughout the crowd; the followers vote amongst themselves and elect the Voice in the Crowd to be their Leader.
Voice in the Crowd: “No, No, I don’t want that responsibility, really; I spend most of my time writing. I don’t have time to be a Leader. “
Child in their midst: “I have an idea, You spend your days writing and I’ll come by your studio every morning and edit your written words, I’ll even create a blog, Perhaps I could make a video of you at work and publish the video on youtube. I’m little; you won’t even know I am there. And you, Voice in the Crowd, can continue your daily activities undisturbed by your followers and your followers will have a new Leader.”
Voice in the crowd appears to mull this idea over, eventually relaxing his furrowed brow, replacing this worrisome stress indicator with a smile which is now greeted with a salvo of energetic hurrahs as this group of followers celebrate the fact that they now have a new Leader. Of course they all believe that their new leader is the Voice in the Crowd but you and I know that the True Leader is this little girl, the Child in their midst who has saved the day.
-Leadership: A Love Story by Lee Broom