Leadership: Here There Be Dragons!

Fear of the unknown is nothing new.  Ancient mapmakers drew dragons at the edge of maps where no one had ever gone before and added the words “Here There Be Dragons”.

The dragons represented fear of uncertainty.

Despite that same uncertainty, leaders like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, and Neil Armstong ignored their fears, pushed into uncharted territories, and changed the world forever. Children still learn their names today.

Leadership is all about uncertainty.  Isn’t that the whole point?

No adult needs a leader to show them how to rest, find diversion, or get comfortable. That’s easy for us!

We need brave leaders when it’s time to push higher limits, conquer new fears, and take us where we’ve never been before.

Leaders go first.

There is still a place for bravery in a modern world and we need brave leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow and inspire future generations to do things that scare them.

Leaders can’t run from uncertainty.  They must set sail towards the dragons in life and show them for what they are.

They’re myths.

Have a brave night!


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Published by Aaron Biebert

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12 comments on “Leadership: Here There Be Dragons!”

  1. Nice thinking Aaron

    Especially in today’s society that consists of rapid shifts and developments. It creates a wide range of uncertainty (dragons) for a whole lot of people I guess. But if you take a closer look it might indeed be just a myth. the best way to cure uncertainty is a get a certain grasp of things.

    And after all in this connected world you can easily find people who are leading the way. But the really good part is they don’ t just lead but also listen and connect. So anyone can become a vital part of current leadership.

    Great leaders have great people having their back.

    frank Verheijden

    1. Hi Frank, thanks for the encouragement and excellent follow-up thoughts!

      I agree that right now in this economy, with this technology revolution, there is so much uncertainty. That is why we need great leaders.

      Thanks for the comments!

  2. I was talking to Laurinda Shaver about being brave tonight. To change things up and get out of those funks – by doing something you’re afraid of, and being brave.

    It seems by doing so, we conquer the “dragons” in our life and put a greater emphasis of having more control and dedication to learning about ourselves.

    I’m grateful to all those who conquer their dragons daily – and help my life in the process.

  3. It’s Friday. That’s my excuse for this random comment. The image that came to mind was from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You know, the scene with the bridge, and the troll who asks 3 questions. Yes, I had to get the link because it’s Friday. I needed a laugh. Thanks for providing the inspiration Aaron! Hope the link works! If not, sorry!

  4. Bravery is one of my favorite attributes in people and something I strive for on a daily basis. My fears can be so powerful and easily make me back down, but as you point out, we shouldn’t run from uncertainty. Your post is a great and important reminder as to how we must constantly battle those dragons that scare us and be brave in the face of the unknown. Thank you Aaron!!

    1. Claudia, I love bravery too. I think people forget that it’s still necessary, even though we don’t have to defend our homes and family from roaming bands of raiders or invading armies.

      Thanks for the encouragement. I love your comments!

  5. Aaron, this is the most inspirational post I’ve read all week, and I read a ridculously stupid amount of blogs! The idea of dragons being indicative of unchaterted waters is interesting. Most likely, placing “here be dragons” on the map was used as a warning for sailors about the perils of what might lie in the waters beyond the edge of the map.

    I wonder, though, how many explorers saw the dragons not as a threat but rather as an opportunity. I wonder how many of them were excited by the prospect of discovering dragons. Certainly, there were at least a few…or else our world would still be flat.

    It all boils down to the question of whether uncertainty scares us off or draws us in. Those of us who are leaders, who would dare to live, will flock to the dragons. We chase after what others are running from. The edge of the map beckons us. What is life without adventure?

    1. Doug, it’s really exciting to hear that you found the post inspirational. The idea of chasing “the dragons” of life inspires me too.

      I think you’re making a great point about some people flocking towards the dragons. Some will be pioneers and explorers looking for the next frontier.

      Thanks again for the comment!

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