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Attitude: Flying Your Freak Flag Forever

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to strengthen your personal conviction. Reading time: 2:14

David Crosby flying his freak flag proudly.

David Crosby flying his freak flag with conviction and passion.

     David Crosby, the music legend of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame, labeled his shoulder-length hair a “freak flag” in his 1970 song Almost Cut My Hair.

Almost cut my hair,
Happened just the other day.
Was getting kind of long,
Could have said it was in my way.
But I didn’t and I wonder why,
Feel like letting my freak flag fly.

     Like a flag– a banner to his individuality– David Crosby’s long hair made him “something markedly unusual.” At least that is one dictionary definition for the term “freak.” Another definition cites a “strong obsession with a particular activity.”

         To me, leaders qualify under both definitions. They are markedly unusual and they are obsessed with continuous improvement. They are always looking for ways to figuratively let down their own hair. And they are always looking for ways to  fly their freak flags for a specific end result. After all, there are Neat Freaks, Control Freaks, Film Freaks. Even a Leadership Freak. 

     I salute that liberating spirit,  that spirit of individuality, that flair for continuous improvement in leadership freaks everywhere Continue reading