Become an Un-Leader

When I was a kid growing up in a small, middle-class town in New York State, our family once spotted the legendary comedian Bob Hope strolling through an airport terminal. He was a huge celebrity at the time, appearing in movies and TV comedy specials. We were thrilled to see him in real life.

As my sister remembers, our father urged her to approach Mr. Hope and say hello. “I don’t want to,” she told our father, “he’s a celebrity.”

“No,” our father said, “he’s just a regular person.” Our father insisted that she go up to say hello, so she did. She had nothing to fear, and nothing to be embarrassed about, just because he was ...

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