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Our culture is one that has glorified the “quick fix”. We have pills to take if you don’t like how you look or feel, crash diets and exercise regimes promising immediate results that will transform you. If you cannot afford something there is always credit, easy payment terms or better yet deferred payments. We have drive through because fast food is too slow, and electronic communication tools that allow us to skip the actually spending time with other people. We must have the fastest computer, the latest gadget, the new next thing. It seems to be all about now. What fueled the sub-prime mortgage crisis if not the availability of cheap credit with little perceived downside for the borrower.
In contrast to this entitlement focused perspective is that of true leadership. True leadership recognizes that there is a price to be paid, an investment to be made. Developing leadership capacity is not a quick fix program; it is a long term process. It gets back to some ancient wisdom I read recently, you reap what you sew. Invest in growth and discovery and reap the reward of wise leadership. Invest in quick fixes and easy solutions and reap what…?
Lead well…for the long term