Would the Leader in Me Please Stand Up?

by | Jun 7, 2020

On Friday, I was interviewed for a unit on leadership. I wanted to share it with you. Both Christiaan, my colleague and friend, and I, were moved by the shared themes that emerged – not least because of the world situation we are living right now.

I started with a section of a poem by W.B. Yeats, entitled The Second Coming: it reads as if written for today (italics mine):
“Everything falls apart The Second Coming:
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.”

The world we live in: The best lack conviction… the worst are full of passionate intensity.

Here it is:

Would the leader in me please stand up?