Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Chinese Proverb

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Perhaps you remember the story from Aesop called “The Mice in Council.”

In that story the Mice summon a council to decide how they might derive fair warning that their enemy The Cat was near.  The Council agreed that the best plan was to tie a bell to the neck of the Cat so they would be warned of his presence and could, promptly, seek shelter in their mouse holes.  Alas, no one stepped up to be the mouse who placed the bell around the Cat’s neck.

Leaders do.  And in doing they lead others to action.

Look at those who claim leadership.  Do they do?  Have they even done?  What is their biography? Are they more prone to play than to work? Have they actually done anything?  Created anything?  Shown any courage?  Been led by faith into dark valleys and lived to tell about it?

Or have they lived on the fat of the land?  Rested on their modest laurels? Where they went to school?  Who they were married to?  Been people of modest or no accomplishments even with privileged educations?  Have they ever been in a fight?  Been bloodied?  Suffered primary setbacks, gut-wrenching defeats and bounced back all the better and more the wiser for it?

You and I know the answer at this time.

We are bereft of leaders among those who hold such titles.  We have those who have mastered self-promotion and combined in cabals to promote one another. Experience?  No, just privilege and entitlement enjoyed – entitlement rather than hard work.

It is said in Proverbs 29:18 that “where there is no vision, the people perish.”  I say: the flight of the wild duck alone presents leadership for the flock.  No flight, no leadership.  Without flight, we perish.