The Strange Nature of Lists

Chris Brogan I was named one of the Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts according to Inc magazine the other day. The list is rather impressive and filled with people I admire a great deal. People like Tom Peters and Richard Branson and with friends like Guy Kawasaki and Steve Farber and many more. It’s an honor, and yet, it’s important to try never to be swayed by lists of this nature, as well.

Lists Serve Their Makers More Than the Recipients

While my ego is really thrilled to be even seen in the same breath as those people who are above the list, it’s also worth nothing that people like Bill Gates didn’t make the list. Bill not a leader? He changed the whole damned world (save your hate. He did change it, and is doing even more with his foundation with Melinda Gates). Many other amazing leaders missed the cutoff, friends like Charles H. Green, who has led huge movements for years. And because of that, it’s easy to know that the list serves a purpose, but isn’t something I should dwell on for especially long.

And Yet, Take the Accolades if You Want, Because I Will

I’ll accept and appreciate my spot on the list because I do work hard to help with leadership and management ideas. As an advisor and business strategist, I’ve worked hard to help companies and owners of all sizes figure out their way forward and through their challenges. My latest book is about leadership. So yes, I’ll accept it and be grateful.

But I’m still working hard and won’t stop until I’m on the list I most want to occupy: “People Who Equipped Me For Success,” and only you can write that list.

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