“Today is busy sir?”, I asked the airport taxi driver that afternoon.
“It’s quiet, sir. Since COVID-19 outbreak, the airport is quiet. I’ve been waiting from 11 AM and at 2 PM I finally got a passenger. But it’s business anyway, sometimes busy sometimes quiet. The important thing is I am healthy and can still work, sir.”, the driver answered innocently with a slight smile on his face.
“Aren’t you afraid of getting COVID-19?”, I asked back.
“Hahaha, of course, sir, who wants to get sick? But if I don’t drive (taxi), then I can’t eat at home. Even though I’m a driver, I’m also a family leader. My job (as a leader) is to take care of my family, so even I’m afraid I must work. The important thing is we don’t panic, don’t riot and keep trying to be healthy. The rest is up to God, sir.”, the driver answered sincerely.
That afternoon in a taxi, I was reminded that leadership is not just making decisions, but also doing everything that is needed, in whatever difficult conditions. More than that, Mr. Taxi Driver also reminded me that every leader is basically a follower (of a strength greater than himself). So #leadership and #followerhip are two sides in the same coin.
There are many leadership learning spaces that we can present around us. It can be through simple chat, discussion, and playing. I fully believe that playing (#game) is one of the potential leadership learning spaces. With the presence of disruption, maybe it’s time we see the #leadership development program from the other side, not as a large, long, complex, exclusive program but as a program that is simple, fun, and can be presented anywhere. Maybe this is also a good time to talk about not only good leadership but also good followership.
This is the basis for us to present www.ldrs.xyz, a game-based learning session specifically related to leadership (and followership). Our hope is that we can together bring a space for leadership learning that is simple, fun, can be presented anywhere, for all.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – JFK.