This week, Unbillable Hours' fantasy football team, the Jersey Teamsters, went up against BizzBangBuzz' eponymous team. I'm going to do the weekly updates differently this year. I'm not going to post on everyone's wins and losses, because (1) besides those playing, who cares? (and we know who is winning and losing), and (2) I want to pay more attention to the blawgers I'm playing.
This week, BizzBangBuzz spanked the Jersey Teamsters, 142 to 113, and was the highest scoring team in the league. This puts BBB in first place with a 2-0-0 record and 254 overall points. My Jersey Teamsters drop from second to fourth place with a 1-1-0 record and 235 overall points.
BizzBangBuzz is a blawg focused on technology law and business practices. One article in particular on his blog that I thought worth reading was his collection of articles addressing authentic leadership. One article in particular asserts the nature of being an authentic leader as follows:
Leadership, going forward, is not as much about telling as it is about hearing; not as much about knowing as it is about facilitating dialogue and inquiry; not as much about being in charge as it is about enabling the necessary capabilities and outcomes. This paper explores how authentic listening serves as an indispensable tool for leaders at all levels.
Like BizzBangBuzz, I'm interested in leadership, although I look not to business gurus to answer the question of how to lead. I could post links to Marcus Aurelius and other classical writers as examples of leaders I really follow, but, truthfully, I really look to the lessons I learned from the Boy Scout Handbook. From the handbook, I learned the Scout Oath and Law.
The Scout Oath
On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
I know it seems cheesy, perhaps antiquated to look at the scouts as a source of leadership inspiration, but the facts of the matter are that there is a definitive link between those who achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting, and actual leadership.
- Sen. Lamar Alexander,
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg (a pleasant surprise to me),
- Associate Justice Tom C. Clark,
- Brig. Gen. Charles Moss Duke (one of 12 men to walk on the moon),
- Texas District Attorney Ronnie Earle (who brought to light the Jack Abramoff controversy),
- Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
- Hon. Robert M. Gould (9th Circuit),
- Chemist Dudley R. Herschbach (Nobel Prize Winner),
- Mike Judge (Director of "Office Space," "King of the Hill," and "Beavis and Butthead"),
- Archbishop William Henry Keeler,
- Capt. James Lovell (Commander of Apollo 13),
- George Meyer (Producer of "The Simpsons"),
- Sam Nunn, retired U.S. Senator,
- Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka (Astronaut, died on the U.S.S. Challenger),
- Platoon Sergeant Mitchell Paige (Medal of Honor recipient),
- Gov. Mitt Romney,
- Steven Speilberg (director, "Munich," "Band of Brothers," etc.),
- Vice Adm. Richard H. Truly (Astronaut, first astronaut to run NASA, member of the three Skylab missions),
- Richard Vinroot, Esq. (former Mayor of Charlotte, N.C.), and
- Sam Walton (founder of Wal-Mart).
Nearly every letter of the alphabet is represented above. I tried to weed out a lot of the obvious choices (a borderline silly amount of astronauts), but the point is there is a direct connection between those who have evidenced an ability to live the aforementioned Scouting values and leadership in business, law, and the military. The values, as put forward by the Scout Oath and Law, have a correlation with success, if not causation.
From a personal perspective, I find that the Oath and Law work as a sort of mantra. They inspire me to keep heading toward the right thing, the better thing. I can't say that means I am any sort of leader at present; I imagine that's for someone else to judge.