Leading — Following — Winning … whether it is a political office at stake, or a promotion into a larger role of managerial responsibility, these three pieces must fit together somehow. Too often people act like the correct order is written into the fabric of the universe:
Follow well in order to Win; Win in order to Lead.
There is another way, and everyone — even people running for President! — can make the choice to take that other path. It goes like this:
Lead well, and the Winning will Follow.
If the objection to such idealism is that the system not only doesn’t reward this approach, but actively punishes it, remember this: WE are the system.