“Self-determination has to mean that
the leader is your individual gut, and heart, and mind or we’re talking about
power, again, and its rather well-known impurities. Who is really going to care
whether you live or die and who is going to know the most intimate motivation
for your laughter and your tears is the only person to be trusted to speak for
you and to decide what you will or will not do.” — June Jordan


You don’t ride the coattails of others. As Bob Anderson put it,
“You can’t always wait for the guys at the top. Every manager at every level in
the organization has an opportunity, big or small, to do something. Every
manager’s got some sphere of autonomy. Don’t pass the buck up the line.” This
does not mean that you don’t intentionally benefit from your associations with
others or that you don’t plan affiliations in ways that maximize your success.
The point is that you perform and produce autonomously, based on your personal
initiative and capacity, on what Jordan attributes to your “gut, and
heart, and mind.” You are independently successful, with your success being
enhanced by your associations. You always “carry your own weight,”
and are not carried by others.