QOTD: John Holt

Lead­ers are not, as we are often led to think, peo­ple who go along with huge crowds fol­low­ing them. Lead­ers are peo­ple who go their own way with­out car­ing, or even look­ing to see, whether any­one is fol­low­ing them. Lead­er­ship qual­i­ties are not the qual­i­ties that enable peo­ple to attract fol­low­ers, but those that enable them to do with­out them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flex­i­bil­i­ty, resource­ful­ness, stub­born­ness, a keen sense of real­i­ty, and the abil­i­ty to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly.

True lead­ers, in short, do not make peo­ple into fol­low­ers, but into oth­er leaders.

–John Holt, Grow­ing With­out School­ing, Issue No. 2, Novem­ber 1977

Cyn is Katie's mom, Esther's Mémé, and a Support Engineer. She lives in the Atlanta area with her life partner, Rick, and their critters. She knits, does counted-thread needlework, reads, makes music, plays TTRPGs, and spends too much time online.
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