Leaders share the faith...and promote heretics


The work of leadership changes dramatically when wage slaves become artists, argues MIX Maverick and bestselling author Seth Godin. The best leaders make their organizations havens for heretics by suspending religion (rules) whenever possible and focusing on faith (deeper purpose).

“It was during the European Renaissance that the professional class emerged and defined itself. It was during the Renaissance that the birthright nobility began to give way to a society led by persons respected for their merits - for what they did instead of who they were. Each profession had standards for entry, they professed something, and their study of it was daily, continual and life-long. They served their society. Medicine, law, the clergy and military leadership became during the 15th and 16th centuries - and still stand as - the classically defined professions. When we speak of a professional ball player or a professional musician, we are corrupting the term, for it means far more than getting a paycheck for what you do. A profession must be applied for and joined after being accepted, and its moral standards are as important as its philosophy.” ~COL Mike Wyly 

To me being a heretic, maverick or iconoclast denotes the importance of going against the grain and making "constructive waves" in an effort to learn, adapt and evolve as individuals and develop a fine tuned organization that works collectively towards common goals. Heretics, show professionalism in "Getting THINGS done" through inspiration and taking risks for the betterment of all. This from my studies of Boyd is what the man, COL John Boyd was made of and what those in professions such as ours (military, law enforcement and security) should strive for. Just remember, some folks just do not see it that way and the road the heretic chooses may be a bumpy one.

"If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted, and you may not get good assignments, and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself." ~Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Make sure you check out this article as well: In Praise of Mavericks: A true professional will strive to do something, not be someone By COL Mike Wyly

Stay Oriented!