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Leadership in Action: In Focus - The Leadership Journey - Leadership Begins with Leading Oneself by Tomo Noda

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QUANTUM LEAPS

Let us leave the forest and lead ourselves. The journey that awaits us, however, is by no means easy. The effort of involving others often proves fruitless in the early stages. The shift from leading oneself to leading others and realizing transformation and creation requires leaders to have many quantum-leap experiences.

In one memorable scene in the movie Forrest Gump, the title character goes for a run. Thinking Gump is running for a reason, a man comes alongside and asks if he can run with him. Gump runs back and forth across America for years. When he happens to look back, he finds that hundreds of people are following him.

I often relate this episode when I discuss the essence of leadership in the business school classroom. ...

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