“We tend to reduce leadership down to amazing moments of skill, courage and persuasion.
But in fact, Leadership 101 is just as much – if not more – about the ordinary.
It’s about keeping people going in the routine and ordinariness of life, with their eyes firmly fixed on the objective.
We tend not to exalt such ordinary leaders as much as the gung-ho valiant warriors, but it’s every bit a part of leadership. After all, an elder must be able to manage his household well. That’s a pretty mundane measure at some level – I think about my own household and what that looks like day to day. There’s an awful lot of keeping going in there – and that is true leadership.”