Leadership Lessons I Learned from Peanuts
WOODSTOCK- Aside from Snoopy, if there is one character who knows how to keep it cool it’s Woodstock. His very name is synonymous with the laid back, pot smoking, hippie culture of the 1960’s. Woodstock can barely fly, but he can fix planes, write, type, caddy, whistle, skate, play ice hockey, hike, camp, drive a zamboni, and play football! He does not allow his lack of flying skills to define who he is. He’s a tiny bird with great big courage and he is not afraid to do things big people do. I mean this bird has some serious heart!
What’s really cool about Woodstock though is that as a leader, he also knows how to choose a good leader to follow, make them his friend, and keep him close. In following Snoopy on adventures both real and fictional, Woodstock demonstrates that he trusts Snoopy’s leadership. Woodstock is a good follower.
There is something of a stigma to follower-ship skills. Pity because the practical reality is one does not reach progressively more responsible leadership positions without demonstrating an ability to follow and function effectively in a group. (McCallum 2013)
Yet, he doesn’t just follow anybody. He follows Snoopy-the funny looking dog with the great big heart to match the great big courage of Woodstock. It is the ultimate bromance-they fight, they hug, they laugh, they show compassion, they fight with each other and for each other. In short-they look out for one another and root for one another’s success. That’s important because not only will a good friend have your back, but they will also help you not to take life too seriously. So if you are following a leader who doesn’t do these things, then take a lesson from Woodstock and find yourself a Snoopy.
Lesson Number 6-Leaders Know How to Identify a Leader Worth Following
McCallum, John S. “FOLLOWERSHIP: THE OTHER SIDE OF LEADERSHIP.” Ivy Business Journal, September 2013. Accessed January 14, 2017. doi:para 9.