The joy of leading
So far I my biggest fear facing HBS has not been the physical requirements, cause I’ll get there. Ok, I’m a bit worried about my cardio, but I’ll simply have to run more. Nor is it the teamwork, cause I’ll do fine there. After all, I spend my summers working as part of a security team at festivals. It’s the leadership.
I actually work as a team leader at Hovefestivalen for some of the volunteers (like herding cats, but I love my job and the guys who volunteer, they make Hove happen), but that sort of leadership is more managerial than anything else. Y’know figure out what needs doing where, who needs back-up, where the weakpoints in the perimeter are, etc. Not really leading, more like troubleshooting.
Monday we did boxing. Lloyd, our coach, told me to take the guys for a warm-up. Doesn’t sound like much, but that form of hands-on lead-by-example activity instantly relieved that nagging feeling I’ve had I wasn’t cut out to lead. I enjoyed the warm-up: having to be better than the rest as you’re both telling the class what to do, doing it yourself, and encouraging others to do their best. Simply leading by example.
Our club’s motto is Esse Quam Videri. To be, not to seem. I will embrace that fully as Selection draws near.
Fitnesslevel compared to HBS:
Push-ups: 36/45 (grade 4.5) — Sit-ups: 41/70 (grade 3.5) — Pull-ups: 5/14 (2.5) — Cardio: 17:00/12:00 (fail)
Overall grade strength: 3.5 — Improvement from last week: 5 sit-ups, 10s cardio — Goal for next week: 39/46/6+16:45