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Olympians and Leaders Need To Inspire

The London 2012 Olympics are in full swing. I’m watching as much of the 30th Olympiad as possible. It is a joy to watch these amazing athletes.

It’s intriguing to note that there are given countries, which aren’t perennial gold medal power houses like China, the USA or Russia, which excel at a given sport and have done so for decades. Usain Bolt is lightning fast but he isn’t the first Jamaican to speed down the track and he won’t be the last. If I say Ethiopia you should be thinking marathon running. The Turks know how to wrestle. Indonesians seem to consistently play badminton better than anyone else and Canada plays ice hockey. (Sorry, national pride forced me to stick that in there.)

Perhaps there is something in the local water which causes one part of the world to do well every four years on the world stage. Doubtful but what I think it signifies is that there are badminton players in Indonesia who have witnessed others excel at this sport. Others have set the example.  In 2012 there are children watching the current crop of champions from their home nation. Many of these youngsters will be inspired by what they see and begin to dream, then work towards the 2020 Olympics.

I’m too old, fat, slow and weak to be an Olympian. My athletic prowess will not be a good example for anyone. However as a leader I can ask which teenagers and young adults are watching me? Am I setting an example that inspires? Is there a new generation of leaders in the making because I do my job well?

It’s time for every leader, even the overweight old guys like me, to be an example which inspires. – BB

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