Today was kind of a special day. You don't get too many of those days. We have had a company event with presentations and all. At the end of it we have had a pleasure of experiencing J.R. Hawker, a former pilot and leader of the R.A.F. Red Arrows team.
One thing that struck me down (again) was that he was a leader that actually grew out of the team he led. I find that really interesting with all the personas out there like Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass, Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky leading the business they have created. Even if you take a look at the icons of modern computer industry like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs one of the things they all have in common is they grew as a leader out of the business they created. They were down to the details, creating the first prototypes, doing all the dirty work, basically spinning of the product.
Well, I wonder what kind of leader does it take to jump in into a moving bullet-train and steer it in a direction other than a concrete wall... I'm sure it needs to be an exceptional character.
Anyways.. Thank you mr Hawker for the presentation. It was really great to see someone who speaks about something with a passion!
As a further reading I'd recommend the most popular TED talk ever, by Sir Ken Robinson. You'd find that one of the things both talks have in common is the acceptance of being wrong and using that as a tool to get better in what you do. Really inspiring!