This may be blasphemy for some. But here it goes. I like Star Wars, but don’t love it. I’ve only ever seen four films in the movie series, in the theatres. Those being Episode I: the phantom menace (which was horrible); Episode VII: The Force Awakens (which wasn’t horrible); Rogue One (which I loved); and Solo: A Star Wars Story (which wasn’t bad). The original trilogy was good(ish) but I cannot tell you with any confidence what happens in each. I do know the good lines (i.e. “I know”, “Luke, I am your father”) but I’m not obsessed.
With all that said, I will probably go see the soon to be released Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. With that said, I decided to watch the recently released trailer. In said trailer, there’s a voiceover from Luke Skywalker noting “Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi. Your destiny.” When I heard that statement, I wondered if he was talking to me. Yes, I brought it back to me. Didn’t think I would write just about the actual movie series, right? It’s not my favorite. Although, “funnily” my son’s name is in the Luke family. Go figure.
Yes, per Luke Skywalker I might be a Jedi. Confronting fear has been the cinder block of my life. And, is part of my own leadership style. Or so I hope it is. When asked about my leadership style as an executive, I have often noted servant leadership is what I strive for. However, the past two months I have changed that answer. I now say that I strive for courage leadership. So many leaders lack conviction. So many lack will. And, so many just aren’t leaders.
As a leader I hope to mentor and build up others for success. I am there to help them do what they need to do. But I also recognize that they need someone who will also stand tall and be willing to fail. From a young age, I have had to take chances in order to get to where I am at. It’s been a journey fraught with potholes, sinkholes, and crocodiles. As well as minefields. But along the way I have been lucky enough to have people in my life willing to throw me a lifeline. They have done so in part because I will pay it forward. But that too can require courage.
At some point, we all have to take a leap of faith and become a jedi. Now, here’s hoping that the Rise of Skywalker is itself a good and daring film.