Yesterday the Senate which is barely controlled by Republicans failed to repeal and replace Obamacare. Too bad. To be honest, it had a hard time getting through the House.
This shows you how hard laws are to repeal once installed. Especially laws that come with lots of free benefits you don’t pay for until later years. It also illustrates something else. Leadership is hard. Being a true leader can be lonely.
It is easy to be in the minority. You can take potshots at the leaders with little or no consequence. When you are out front leading, you take the hits.
Today there has been a trend toward emotional intelligence in leadership. I am a big fan of it. However, that’s codifying a leadership style. It’s a process. There are other parts of leadership that don’t have anything to do with emotional intelligence.
That’s putting out big ideas. You use emotional intelligence to guide the group to achieve the goal.
The repeal and replace bill I saw was a small idea. Small ideas are boring.
David Burnham said, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.”
This is true for legislation and it’s true for startups.
When you come up with a big idea, it usually goes against a lot of convention. It will meet a lot of pushback because it’s blowing away existing structures. Most people don’t think out of the box. People naturally fear change, so when confronted with change they only see the potential risks and not the possibilities.
There comes a time in a startups life where the existing CEO can’t take the startup to the next level. That means it’s time for them to go. Someone else needs to steer the ship to the big idea. I think we can see several examples of that throughout business history. Today, we are seeing an example of that in the Republican Senate. Their leader isn’t good enough to lead to big ideas.
thanks for the link Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.