Leadership, Harry S. (“Slash”) Truman once observed, “is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like it.” YHC would humbly add the following to our 33rd President’s words: Virtuous leadership is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do, so that they may better themselves.
Virtuous leaders see the potential in us that we may be blind to, the potential quiescent within us, awaiting some sort of catalyst to activate it. Badlanders, that is what McDreamy has been for many of us, certainly YHC – a catalyst. It seems like yesterday that YHC was stiff-arming McD’s repeated invitations in the summer of 2017 to rise at 4:50am to do burpees in the dark of Davis Park. Yet McDreamy persevered, as leaders do, convincing YHC and others to try this mash-up of an abbreviation known as F3.
The fruits of what McDreamy got rolling in the Badlands are many and the metrics by which they may be measured are both tangible and intangible. There have been pounds lost and years of life gained… declines in cholesterol and blood pressure readings… an increased sense of purpose and belonging… the understanding of strengths and weaknesses, and the importance of brotherly accountability to buttress the latter… newfound friends who help celebrate the good times and weather the bad… physical growth, such as slaying the Kraken… and of course mental growth, like the confidence born from knowing that if you can lead 10 or 20 men for 45 minutes in the gloom, you can damn well handle whatever may come your way in the light of the day.
Perhaps the best measure of a leader is what remains in his or her wake. In this case, the calendar serves as an illuminating yardstick. Badlands started as a Monday workout. One day a week turned into two, which since turned into four… Wednesdays and Saturdays emerged at Sunshine Park… Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays came to be at Hard Nocs. The FNGs keep coming, the numbers keep growing, and the mission of F3 – the invigoration of male community leadership – keeps advancing.
Tomorrow, as Thanksgiving dawns, join us at Davis Park at 7am to thank and celebrate a virtuous leader who has made a difference in our lives, in the betterment of our lives. McDreamy is moving on, though this is not “goodbye,” but “see you later.” We will hear from him on Slack and we will join him in planting new seeds in Ormond Beach. Physically, he may not be out in the gloom of Davis Park to remorselessly plague us with Moby’s “Sally Up” burpee-fest (thank God!), but surely he is not leaving us behind, just as he did not leave us where he found us. SYITG.