Several years ago, Howrey gave its Bootcampers a notebook emblazoned with the Howrey log. The reverse side of the cover reproduced a poem from Howrey's poet laureate, Bob Ruyak. I pulled the poem from the comments section, and it's time I reproduced the poem in its own post. Enjoy, my lovelies.
By the way, a "leader" is not a "characteristic."
A leader is not a concept,
But the defining characteristic of
A person or organization.
One not content to stand on familiar ground,
Or master the known,
But compelled to explore the unexplored,
Grasp for the untouched, and
Keep the unthinkable firmly in mind.
One who embraces Risk as the price of success,
Change as the fuel of progress,
Dreams as the window to the future,
And Creativity as a sacred obligation.
One who believes that the Extraordinary is ordinary,
Goals have no limits,
Values cannot be compromised, and
Total Commitment is a way of life.
Leaders are often misunderstood,
Frequently criticized, sometimes derided,
But never ignored.
The world doesn’t always agree with them
And they like that.
Some think they are a little crazy,
But that’s the human side of genius.
For all of this they have earned our respect,
Our confidence and a following.
That’s why we call them Leaders.
-Robert F. Ruyak
Managing Partner & CEO