In this week’s parsha we talk about what it takes to be a true leader.
The celebrated Israeli military leader and politician Moshe Dayan was once stopped by a police officer for a speeding violation.
“You – Dayan?” – asked the officer in surprise when he saw whom he had stopped – “come on, you should be more of a role model!”
Responded Dayan, “Look, I have only one eye. Do you want me to keep it on the speedometer, or on the road?”
As I sought to make this week’s Torah portion – which discusses the theme of leadership – applicable in my own life, Dayan’s humorous episode behind the wheel hit home.
In truth, we are all leaders, sitting in the driver’s seat of our lives; we set goals for ourselves, and then try to navigate the road to our destination in the best way possible. But from time to time, it’s important to stop and ask ourselves – what kind of drivers are we? As we journey to achieve, do we get lost in the road rush, or do we remain role models for the rest of society?
Indeed, as Dayan pointed out, there are two components to the drive: focusing on where we are headed, and ensuring that we get there in the right way. Though the goal beckons, the path we take to reach it is of equal importance, for ultimately it is the fine balance of these two which allows for a truly successful ride.
So as you journey through life and keep your eye on the road ahead, remember to also take a moment to pause before you act; evaluate your pace – your means of achieving – and seek to remain a role model for your fellow drivers, upholding your beliefs and influencing those around you in a positive way.
Let’s endeavor to be true leaders – those that are recognizable no matter how wild the highways of life become!