21 Things I Want in a Leader

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I’m a proud Alanis Morissette fan. Jagged Little Pill came out during a particularly formative time in my life about 20 years ago, and some of her songs have really stayed with me through interesting times. Many of her albums resonate.

21 Things I Want In A Lover is a song on rotation in my running playlist. It’s got just the right tempo and is actually quite a profound list of traits we should look for in lovers and friends. And when I run, I subscribe to freeform mind flow- that is, I let my mind work out issues and gorge on the highs of whatever’s most demanding of my psyche. Lately it’s been work and leadership. So, in homage to Alanis, here is “21 Things” with only slight modifications to quiet my mind when I’m running and pensive about management issues. (Please sing along with me.)

 

21 Things I Want in a Lover Leader

Do you derive joy when someone else succeeds your people succeed?

Do you not play dirty when engaged in competition?

Do you have a big intellectual capacity

But know that it alone does not equate wisdom?

Do you see everything as an illusion

But enjoy it even though you are not of it?

Are you Do you support both masculine and feminine,

Politically aware, and don’t believe in capital punishment in public?

These are 21 things that I want in a lover leader-

Not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer.

Do you derive joy from diving in and seeing that

Loving Leading someone can actually feel like freedom?

Are you funny, á la self-deprecating,

Like adventure and have many formed opinions?

These are 21 things that I want in a lover leader-

Not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer.

I figure I can describe it since I have a choice in the matter my endeavors.

These are 21 things I choose to choose in a lover leader.

I’m in no hurry, I could wait forever.

I’m in no rush ’cause I like being working solo.

No worries and certainly no pressure- in the meantime

I’ll live work like there’s no tomorrow.

Are you uninhibited in bed on boards more than three times a week?

Up for being experimental?

Are you athletic? Are you thriving in a job that helps your brother?

Are you not addicted?

These are 21 things that I want in a lover leader.

Not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer.

I figure I can describe it since I have a choice of the matter my endeavors.

These are 21 things I choose to choose in a lover leader.

…I think you’re curious and communicative…

Bethany Miller is an explorer in life and in business. She’s an airline pilot, businesswoman, veteran and world traveler. Fascinated by global issues and the business of business, Bethany is a doctoral candidate at Université Paris-Dauphine in Paris, France, and is researching extraordinary employees in chaotic work environments.

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