Are great people and great leaders the same thing?

By Chris Odom

How do you become a great person?

That question hurts my head so instead of trying to that out I opened up Facebook. Looking at quizzes that figure out which Star Wars character I am seems way more important than my personal greatness. As I was finishing up my test (I’m totally Yoda), I happened to scroll into an article by the Harvard Business Review and saw this little jewel,

“If you want to be a great leader, you have to become a student in your context”.

For some reason this was one of those things that when I read it, I was like, “That sounds real cool”.

But what does it really mean?

Well let’s see if we can decode the mystery hidden in this fine piece of word smithing.

I believe that a great person and a great leader are interchangeable. As you become better in life, you become better at leadership.

That’s the whole idea behind INTERACTIVE JELLYBEANS .

So let’s tackle the rest.

What does context mean?

Context is the circumstances that surround what ever it is that you are doing.

A good example of that is a simple introduction. The act of introducing yourself is pretty easy and just about everyone says about the same thing. No big deal…

The context that surrounds that simple action of saying hello can change the meaning and how it is perceived.

This guys seems super happy

This seems forced and weird

Just think of a time when you were super grumpy and introduced yourself to someone. I bet you came across a bit different than you intended.

What was different? Not the words, or the content, but the context was the thing that shifted.

It was the circumstances that surrounded. the introductions that made them different.

This one idea of becoming a student in your circumstances (or context), is real cool. Now you have to be intentional in picking the context for all the stuff you do.

A good place to start is to figure out what you value, what’s important to is what you will be more eager to become a student in (got to pick the right electives right).

Excellence, honesty, love, hope, caring, humility, and peace and just some examples of some values that you could surround your stuff in.

You have to figure out what class you are going to take. And then dive in. Be intentional and focused on your circumstances and then everything you do will be greater for it.

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