“My leadership style is flamboyant. My leadership style is attention-getting. My leadership style is emotional and gyrating and energizing. Its also burning out and being destroyed. Some parts of me have been destroyed by my leadership style. So wouldn’t it be better to lay that brick wall, one brick at a time, at the pace you can go? Or is it better to take a bulldozer and hike up a big wall? Which wall is sturdier? One brick at a time, or a bulldozer full of brick? What’s going to stand? I want something that will stand forever. You know, there has to be a me in leadership. There has to be a me. There also has to be a place where people can incubate and grow. And I think people like me allow that space.”
–Maxine Waller (aka Mack), interview with Mary Ann Hinsdale, December 1, 1990 (Hinsdale, Lewis, & Waller, 1995)
Maxine is the founder and president of the Ivanhoe Civic League. We’ll visit with her during our service experience there and hear her account of citizen leadership at work. As you begin to think about your personal leadership style, reflect on Mack’s thoughts. One brick at a time, or a bulldozer full?