Sir Isaac Newton was a complete crackerhead, nutball, wackjob, eccentric, over-the-top, and generally just a really weird and controversial person…yet, he was brilliant. Doesn’t it seem very peculiar but at the same time very normal that the weirdo’s are also the ‘brilliant ones’ or, at very least, the ones who fail or win at something new, risky, outrageous, or controversial? At some point along the way these eccentrics depart from the established norm often only holding loosely to the ragged edges of convention or, for that matter, sanity. These are people who have the ability to imagine new and better realities and who will eventually be the ones to enter the arena of creativity to test, determine, and forge the best possible path to this new realm.
Leadership that does not allow for these people is, in my opinion, short-sighted, power-hungry, and intolerable. The non-conforming inventive spirit of the wingnut-eccentric is often the expression of a leadership that is pulsating with thee primal and divine leadership instinct:
The urge to create.
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