The tree outside my window has all green leaves — except for one patch of red. This small section of the foliage turned colors while the rest did not and it looks very much out of place.

I think that leaders often feel like those red leaves — standing apart from the rest of the group, feeling isolated, and often wondering if something is “wrong” with them. “Why don’t they conform?” the others may ask.

If find yourself in a position like those leaves — or see others who are — embrace their leadership and willingness to be first. Instead of wondering why only part is red, maybe the real question is why the greens haven’t joined in.

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