Fierceness takes honesty and commitment. A little wisdom from Seth Godin.

Beckie ManleyEntrepreneurship, FS+C, People + things that inspire us

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I received a text from a dear friend tonight with a page from Seth Godin’s new book attached. On page 78, Seth explains how furious is not the same thing as fierce. He explains that being furious is leading with your ego–not your heart. He goes on to say that someone who is furious is unable to create art, to be generous or to see what is actually happening. He is too intent on just defeating his enemy.

Here are his thoughts about the leader who displays fierceness:

He cares so much about the work and the community and the opportunity to make a difference that he’s able to be rational when everyone else winds themselves into a knot being furious.

Fierceness takes honesty and commitment. Fierceness means telling yourself the truth about what’s at stake and what’s possible, without expending a drop of energy on trying to make everything okay…

Fierce means living with the simultaneous certainty that this is vitally important and this might not work.

Here’s to being fierce leaders in 2015. Rock on–and thanks, dear Randy, for sharing. xo