The Heretics’ Compass – Part 1

A compass is there to give direction. In the context of this post, compass, to an extent, includes the why. Heretics may have different causes and means but their compass is the same. The things that guide heretics are universal. Here are some of the points on the heretics’ compass:

the heretics’ compass is universal; they speak the same primary language

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Status Quo

This may seem contrary, but it is not. A heretic leader uses the status quo as a compass. When common practice is not one of constantly shattering the status quo mediocrity prevail. Excellence soon becomes foreign. Maintaining the status quo means there is no growth. Thus the status quo is compass in that the heretic knows it is time to move and change when everything stays the same too long.

Innovation is not necessarily born in a natural development for its need but created by heretics.

Heretics are inherently innovative. Innovation results when the best that we have ever attained is treated as nothing but momentary. In time, ‘best’ soon becomes normal. Your best has an expiry date on it. Heretics who believe there is always greater.


Heretics do not lead rebellions against the status quo like rebels without a cause. They are driven by a deep-seated conviction for their cause. Without being arrested by your cause your impact will be nominal and change treated as optional instead of a necessity. When heretics are truly consumed with changing the world no challenge can stand in their way. Conviction is necessary for savage resolve, which deals with any and all obstacles as ‘those things’ that must be annihilated on the way to a greater future. The cause, not circumstances dictate progress and passion.

Conviction is necessary for savage resolve, which deals with any and all obstacles as ‘those things’ that must be annihilated on the way to a greater future

Those that will change the world are those who do not wallow in why something cannot be done but why it must be done. The world will never be changed on excuses. Excuses do not fuel passion or enable the cause. They must never be allowed to become the norm. Every heretic deals with his (own) excuses with no grace whatsoever: ruthlessly. Excuses have never change the world for greater. The cause is always central. The cause is one of the compass points that keep the heretic anchored.

Your thoughts? Speak up, HERETICS.

Check out part 2 of The Heretics’ Compass here

Leadership Self Leadership Vision

No Aspiring Heretics

Many aspire to be _______________ (fill in the blank). The idea behind this is that there is a certain standard, either set or perceived that they feel they need to meet before they are recognized as whatever they aspire to be.

Many consider themselves aspiring leaders. The problem with this is that they do not see themselves as leaders. The prerequisite of a leader is one person following.

Many have a perception that the number of people following you validates you as a leader. Not true. You can be a great leader with few followers and a bad leader with many and vice versa.

So, what standard have you set for yourself? What is it that you look at to confirm you a leader? There are many leaders in the world. However, not all of them are leading.

Heretics are not driven by the size of the crowd behind them. If you have to wait till you have whatever size crowd to start leading you might never lead.

If you have to wait till a throng hails you their leader you are likely never to get to the point of leading the crowd.

Before a large crowd follows or endorses their leader it will be a small crowd. Every leader with a large crowd (the standard set by many) started with a smaller crowd.

Stop considering yourself an aspiring leader. By virtue of realizing that you have influence and can leverage it for some good, you are a leader. You are not an aspiring leader, just a developing one.

There are no such things are aspiring leaders. There are only practicing leaders and non-practicing leaders. There are no such things are aspiring heretics. They are either practicing heretics or they are not.

Whatever prefixes you use before “leader”, the bottom line is you need to embrace, more than the prefix that you are a leader. Leadership heretics are consumed with passion for their cause more than the size of their crowd.

The problem with seeing yourself as an ‘aspiring leader’ is that you never feel like you have the mandate to shatter the status quo now

Whatever commitment to your cause you show will be a pulling force for potential followers. You will never be truly great leader if you wait for a crowd.

Not that you do it so that you’re “a great leader” but that you are driven by making a significant contribution to people advancing. You want to make a difference.

The things is, you can’t both be in the crowd and stand out.

The crowd is always afraid of shattering the status quo. The crowds always wait for someone else to go first. And that’s what leaders do; they go first. Heretics go without anyone behind them.

Heretics do not seek the permission of the crowd to change the world. They shatter the status quo and the crowd comes in to appreciate the heretic for saving them the trouble of going first.

You cannot be a heretic with a crowd behind you, if you cannot be a one without the crowd. Heretics break out of the crowd, and that, is what makes them leaders.

Drawing passion and energy from the cheers of the crowds will be fatal to your leadership when the cheers wane.

Your cause is that of changing your world. Changing the world. But you will never be that till you stop seeing yourself as an aspiring leader. Or an aspiring _______.

Start leading by validating yourself as a leader and stop waiting for the world to shout, with fingers pointed at you, “there’s a leader”.

Many sold out their opportunity to change the world when they waited for a crowd to follow them [Click to Tweet]

Simply be a leading heretic and let the recognition take care of itself. Lead. Be a heretic. Lead, you heretic.

No aspiring heretics…

Question: Why should you care about the size of the crowd following? How important is the size of the crowd in relation your cause?



Introduction To Leadership Heretic

This is the first introduction to leadership heretic. Thus it is proper to kick off the movement here by defining “heretic” and more importantly in the context of “leadership heretic”. The definition of leadership heretic in this post is not comprehensive. Thus “leadership heretic”, its pertinent attributes and its implications will be the core to the community here, and ongoing.

/ˈherətik/ [Heretic]:
  • anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle (cf.)
  • one who dissents from an accepted belief or doctrine (cf.)
  • Someone whose beliefs and actions go against institutional orthodoxy, an established system or upsets a status quo (cf.)

A heretic is one that sees the status-quo as no place to inhabit but a mere transit point. His / her philosophy is that there is still greater to be done. It is those that dissent from the norm to transform their worlds.

Heretics are constantly challenging convention, not out of spite, but out of desire to change their world and the world at large for the greater. A leadership heretic is one that does not bow to convention or settle for what they have been taught about leadership. The leadership heretic embarks on a journey to redefine the present to create a future that is drastically different from the present. Significantly greater.

Another way to put it, a leadership heretic is one that initiates, leads and facilitates a rebellion against the status quo, shattering it for the greater. Creating a platform for innovation.

This movement is about heretics spurring each other on. Blog posts are simply to challenge heretics to dare in driving radical change and activating pertinent conversations. Leadership heretics are characterized by savage resolve in causing change.

History celebrates heretics; the ones who challenged widely accepted deductions. The likes of Ferdinand Magellan who did not let the generally accepted deduction that the earth was flat, get in the way of the first circumnavigation of the earth. Magellan and his crew’s daring first sail around the world shattered the status quo or belief of the day, laying a foundation for the world to become a village.

Every leader has a heretic in them. Thus, every leader has the potential for great innovation. The problem with most leaders is they suppress the heretic in them. Never overlook the simple fact that by your heretic leadership you could redefine history in ways you could never fathom.

Perhaps hundreds of years later. An awesome thing about history is that it is still being written. You still have a legacy to write. I dare you, that the legacy you write is one of a heretic, leadership heretic.

Question: What have you allowed to inhibit the heretic in you? Be that heretic. Speak UP.