I wrote yesterday about my dear friend Trey Pennington who I described as a king-maker. People really liked the analogy of being a king or king-maker, which isn’t surprising – but I wonder how many people really are making kings?
It’s far more rewarding, effective and exciting to be the king-maker, than trying to put yourself on the throne all the time. Ego is hard work, and trying to make yourself king is tiring. I’ve tried it before, and not only did I find it exhausting, but I found I wasn’t helping anyone else but myself.
You know how it is when someone is trying to be king – the ego casts a shadow a mile long, right? Not always. It can be very subtle. In fact, I find pretty much the whole of the Twitter community are trying to be kings. There’s nothing wrong with that, but doesn’t all this ‘share’ talk annoy you when the ones who shout ‘share’ really mean ‘share me?’
Those who are trying to be kings are always:
- Trying to get attention, rather than give it
- Trying to get traffic, than send it
- Trying to get comments, rather than give them
- Trying to sell, rather than buying
- Trying to build the house, rather than build the hostel
The difference between these people, and king-makers, is that king-makers get attention, by giving it, and so on.
Of course some people are kings. But the best kings were king-makers first – and will always be king-makers – because these are the ones that better the country they lead.
Your Leading Thoughts
Every regular at this blog that comments aren’t self proclaimed – I know you all. So my question is:
- Are you a king-maker. If yes, or if no, why?
- If you’re not, shouldn’t you be?