Leaders VS Rulers
Some freedom lovers have an aversion to the term “leader.” I empathize. The word leader is commonly used to refer to government aggressors whom I ethically oppose. But to me those people are not leaders. They are rulers. Big difference.
This distinction is important. I will be encouraging you to “lead by example.” The freedom movement depends on it. So let me clarify what I mean…
To me, a leader is simply someone who thinks for him or herself. Someone who breaks from the herd if it makes sense. Someone who innovates and makes progress toward a goal without waiting for others to do it first. Leading means being out in front, living as an entrepreneur, standing up for what you believe, blazing a new path.
A ruler, in contrast, does not innovate. All a ruler can do is live by the old tired playbook of lies and aggression. Rulers have no imagination, creativity or ingenuity. They’re so incredibly impotent, they can’t even create their own wealth, so they steal it from others. How pitiful? These are leeches. Not leaders.
Furthermore, rulers can only rule if people obey them out of fear or ignorance. Leaders are much different. They don’t rule others. They inspire them. Anyone who adopts their behavior or listens to their advice does so voluntarily.
The More The Better
A movement that depends on a single leader or small group of leaders is vulnerable and weak. Hypothetically all their opponent has to do is remove a few shepherds to disperse the sheep.
Those leaders can also do quite a bit of damage. If they’re making all the decisions for everyone else, one mistake on their part could have huge implications on the lives of everyone else in the group.
However, if a group is composed entirely of leaders, then there’s no way to easily conquer it’s members. No single leader to attack. Instead of being vulnerable to the errors of a few, it’s strengthened by the brain power of many.
In a sense, every freedom lover is a leader. We have all broken from the herd intellectually. We’re doing whatever we can to make progress toward our goal. We don’t have one or two leaders. We are all leaders. And that makes our movement not just strong and resilient, but unstoppable.
Lead, Follow or Both
As a leader, I’m not afraid to learn and be inspired by other leaders. Does that make me a follower?
I’m not a blind follower. I don’t blindly agree with everything a leader says. I don’t follow all a leader’s advice. I don’t imitate everything a leader does. Doing so is incredibly dangerous.
I’m a selective follower. I observe, question, learn from the successes and failures of others, pick and choose what strategies and tactics to follow and possibly improve on. Nobody came up with all their wisdom on their own. Wisdom is the result of what they’ve learned from other leaders and what they’ve learned through their own thought, research and experience.
The leadership happens when you decide for yourself, which strategies to implement and which to avoid, regardless of whether they came from you or someone else. And of course leadership also requires action. Hopefully I can inspire you to continue doing both.