Impostors of Leadership

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They speak such wondrous words of wisdom and sometimes spirituality. They even pat you on the back and tell you what a wonderful job you are doing.  They become our presidents and vice presidents, directors, managers, teachers, scholars, business and community leaders, etc.  They manage to gather great support of colleagues; they build a wonderful network of advocates.  They publish books, articles, become great orators – they build and or lead multi-million and billion dollar companies. We praise them for their astonishing accomplishments. 

Commentary

This post was inspired by a conversation on yesterday with my brother James and my friend Tammy.  Both conversations were about leadership.  It was Tammy who mentioned the words “impostors of leadership” during our conversation.  I immediately responded, “OMG, this sounds like a blog post!”  During both conversations, I was reminded of a particular scripture.  We have all heard it said many times.  It starts with a warning, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves!” (Matthew 7:15, KJV).  I can imagine the Master making this great announcement – loudly, forcibly and emphatically.

Prophets are a type of leader – a spiritual leader, if you will.  However, then also there are our leaders in medicine, education, criminal justice, law, politics, etc., etc.    Some of them, maybe many of them are no more than wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Excuse me, “ravenous” wolves in sheep clothing.  I then looked up the word “ravenous” to get a greater understanding of what this piece of scripture was attempting to communicate.  Among the synonyms are:  ferocious, greedy, insatiable, and voracious – could eat a horse!  There is so much in the idea “could eat a horse!”, but time does not permit.  Meanwhile, what I can share with you is that the Master has already forewarned us, “Beware, Beware, BEWARE!”  A wolf in sheep clothing does NOT look like a wolf.  They are NOT sheep and they are NOT leaders.  They are impostors!  – Period, Case-Closed!

Attitude

 

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. 

It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes. – Charles Swindoll

 

COMMENTARY

This is one of my  favorite poems of all time.  It is aged, but every bit relevant today – in fact timeless. – Period, Case-Closed!

Stop Saying the System is Broken!

This Father’s Day will be my 12th in a row without my daughter, Mandy. She’s been in federal prison for the last 12 years, serving a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence. She dated a drug dealer for a month and got punished for everything he did (FAMM, 2016).   CLICK HERE! to watch her story.

COMMENTARY (Repost from 2016)

The narrative has long been about Black men.  This story should now awaken many others to think more deeply about our “broken” system of “justice”.  I once thought the system was “broken”, not so any more.  Now,  I support Shaun King’s and others position, “Stop staying the system is broken.  It’s this way on purpose!” 

The mission of the criminal justice system is to create a just and safe society. – David Keene (former NRA president).  Period, Case-Closed!

 

Do Not Step On Me

I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power. This is the situation, you and I have to preserve the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that situation, and it doesn’t mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.” – Malcolm X (1925-1965)

COMMENTARY

“I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.”  This speaks to where I am at this point in my life.  I am certainly about peace. However, I don’t care who you are, don’t come for me! Don’t hit me, ’cause I will hit you back! Does not the rattlesnake warn you in plenty of time, “don’t step on me?!” Period, Case-Closed!

The Resilience Breakthrough, Part 2

Resilience BreakthroughThere is an honor in pressing through even the worst of circumstances, and this is because of one of life’s most important truths:  Pain channeled in a positive direction is the greatest thing than can happen to you. – Christian Moore, LSCW

Commentary

I can not put this book down when I first started reading it last year.  My thoughts surrounding this quote moved me immediately to the horrific events near Baton Rouge, LA, near St. Paul, MN, and in Dallas, TX. Now, like then is the opportune moment for Law Enforcement agencies and communities around this nation to really take a deep look at these heinously, bloodcurdling – repulsive incidents and admit that we have a problem, in Louisiana, in Minnesota, in Dallas – in America!  We have to fix it and the only way to fix it is to press through it (the fear, the racism, etc.) and be honest and admit that we have a problem.  It does not matter what side you are on.  We have a problem with our Christian, Muslim, Atheist selves.  We have a problem!  – Period, Case-Closed!

Prince Freed My Daddy From Himself

Wow, I had to share this post. Talking about a topic for conversation, this is great provision.

KINFOLK KOLLECTIVE

When I heard Prince died, my first thought was, “My daddy would be having a fit if were alive.”

In my house, the “Purple Rain” VHS tape my parents kept on the one of the shelves of our media cabinet was played at least weekly. When “Graffiti Bridge” was released on VHS, it was added to the rotation. Prince’s albums had their own shelf dedicated solely to the Purple One’s vinyls. If anyone made the mistake of bumping the record player while Prince was playing, things got ugly. Rolling my eyes and sucking my teeth after my father had rewound “When Doves Cry” for the fifth time on the drive to school was futile. To my daddy, Prince was not a musical go but the God of music, and his supremely majestic awesomeness was not up for debate.

At 6’4 and nearly 250 pounds, my father exemplified America’s…

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