Leadership is the opposite of Charisma

Ed Kohler forwarded Katarina Fake's latest blog post to me earlier today. As part of a larger theme, she quotes John Holt:

"Leaders are not what many people think–people with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see whether anyone is following them.

Leadership qualities are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, determination, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly. This is the opposite of the “charisma” that we hear so much about." ~ John Holt

In her piece Katarina talks about her conversations with Anil Dash on the subject, about how it’s hard to communicate the motivation to "build cool stuff, good tools for other people to use" to a new generation of entrepreneurs. Take a few minutes and read it, it's worth your time.

I see so many entrepreneurs in the Valley today building things that are simply variations of the "flavor of the day" darlings. It's incremental innovation if it's innovation at all.

It's time to get inspired. It's time to be inspiring. The world doesn't really need more photo-sharing or group-texting apps. As Katarina concludes in her post, "Let's get excited and make things." Even better, let's get excited and make some NEW things.

Tribes are what matter, and Twitter is the perfect place to find your Tribe

I've watched this talk from Seth Godin at least 10 times over the past few months. And every time I watch it I think about Twitter, and the incredible power that it provides to anyone on the planet to start, join or expand a Tribe they're passionate about. Take a few minutes and watch this video, and think about what's possible. @socialmedia411 is a small example. The untapped opportuntities out there for you and/or your organization are enormous.

Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead


There's a lot more great TED talks at http://www.ted.com/