Whoso would be a man must also be a non conformist. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series
THE TRUE LEADER
POSSIBLE CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Scholar: Non-conformist; seeker of truth.
Follower: “What should I do?”
Leader: “What if…….”, “How would……..?”, “Why was that?”
Seasoned Follower: Sounds a little bit like a True Leader. Always carries a book written by an actual True Leader.
Voice in the Crowd: Could be anybody, a True leader, A Seasoned Follower, a Non-conformist-Anybody, Anti-conformist; anybody, really.
THE STORY BEGINS:
Voice in the Crowd: Who wants to be our leader?
Seasoned Follower: I do.
Voice in the Crowd Go ahead then. You shall be our leader.
A 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 quickly vote
amongst themselves and elect the Voice in the Crowd to be their Leader.
Voice in the Crowd: No, No; please, I don’t want that responsibility, really; I spend most of my time writing. I don’t have time to be a Leader.
The Child in Their Midst: I have an idea; you continue to spend your days writing and I’ll come over every morning and edit your written words; I’ll even create a blog, And, I could make a movie of you at work and publish the video on YouTube. I’m little; you won’t even know I’m there. And you, Mr. Voice in the Crowd, can continue your daily activities undisturbed by your followers plus…. your followers will have a new Leader.”
The Voice in the crowd appears to mull this idea over, eventually relaxing his furrowed brow, replacing the worrisome stress indicator with a big, wide smile on his lips which is in turn, greeted by a resounding salvo of energetic hurrahs and this group of followers celebrates the fact that they now had a new Leader. Of course they all think that their new leader is Mr. Voice in the Crowd but you and I know that the True Leader is the little girl, the Child in Their Midst, who saves the day.
Leadership: A Love Story by Lee Broom.