P!nk - Glitter in the Air - Funhouse CD
For a leader to take the opportunity to throw a fistful of glitter in the air takes courage and a great amount of inner-strength. It requires igniting the phoenix that lives within long before the possibility of the wings being torn off the butterfly.
Taking risks is part of being a leader whether we like it or not. Sometimes, regardless of popularity status, we have to throw caution to the wind and see what happens. Leaders who find themselves holding onto a fistful of glitter hesitate for just a moment before the toss. The moment of second guessing and self-doubt.
The glitter toss from a leader is an opportunity for those under the fallout to share in the idea; each catching their own piece of glitter and capitalizing on it. This is the moment when those who are destined to rise to leadership roles must act. It is their moment to shine; to become one with their piece of glitter. Although, they may only hold one or two pieces of glitter, they must share in the original vision of the toss.
True leadership isn't just about being the person on top or the one in charge. It's about putting yourself out there. Taking chances and capitalizing on opportunities when they present themselves. You can't hold onto the glitter too long or the moment will pass and the chance for success lost.
The true test of leadership is standing by your team and behind your team; as a group and individually. It is a lot easier said than done. After all, it is your glitter that was thrown into the air. It is difficult sometimes to stand back and let the team shine with their collective pieces of glitter and all you have left is an empty palm with a few residule pieces of glitter left behind to indicate the source of the glory.
The second a leader eclipses the team when the glory time comes, the team morale tanks to unfathomable depths of distrust and disappointment. A true leader never, ever eclipses the team. As the old saying goes: 'There is no *I* in team.' The whole point in throwing a fistful of glitter in the air in the first place was to share in the idea, the work AND the glory.
Leadership is all about glitter and shine. A leader needs to be strong enough to not only toss the glitter, but to allow others to shine; as a team and as individuals.