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Talented Leaders, Actors and Perfect People

There’s no such thing as perfect people, only talented actors. – Jamie Foxx, Facebook Post

There are three reasons why I wrote this post:

  1. To see if I could build traffic to our blog by featuring a quote from one of my favorite, talented actors, Jamie Foxx.
  2. Jamie’s quote somehow made me think about leaders and I want to share my thoughts with you.
  3. I would love your take on my take. Who knows, you may be the next person I quote.

How often do we let our titles, egos and roles get in the way of who we really are as leaders?

How often do we, like talented actors, play the role of a perfect person  to perfection?

How often do we play the role so effectively that we start believing it ourselves.

This is when the Director, the conscience in your head, should yell, “Cut!”

This is when you should go straight to your dressing room, take off your costume and makeup, and look in the mirror.

Who do you see? A talented actor, or the real you … complete with wrinkles and weaknesses to go along with your leader-like looks and strengths, challenges and to go along with your victories, mistakes and failures to go along with your successes.

All of this adds up to the real you, not the role you. You are after all, a human, just like the rest of us.

But, the question you should ask the mirror image of yourself is how often do your forget?

I must admit, it is easy to forget and here are a few reasons that come to mind. I invite you to add yours.

When we come equipped with aides, PR folks, scripted bios, writers, directors,  entourage, employees and fans (folks who want to or have to believe in you) it can easily go to our heads. We are living the great life. This leadership stuff isn’t easy, but it has its perks, and most of all it can make you bigger than life … and that’s the problem.

Bigger than life means you can do things mere mortals can’t do …. you are able to leap tall building in a single bound.

Bigger than life means you can be whoever you want to be, do whatever you want to do, and even if it’s considered wrong, you won’t get caught, because you are bigger than life. Who is to question you. After all, you are the perfect person.


It’s time to turn off the klieg lights. Fire the script writers. Get rid of the entourage and come on back down to earth. You are a leader and it’s not an act, it’s real and there is a lot at stake.

Be you. Share your vulnerabilities. Ask for help and guidance when you need it. Say you don’t know when you don’t. Ask for help when it comes to leaping those tall buildings. Admit you don’t have all the answers. Be transparent. Recognize you can’t get away with any more than the rest of us can.

The best role you can play is yourself. Be a human. Be a leader with passion, purpose, and a-do-whatever-it-takes-to-move-forward attitude, but do it with a great deal of humility.

If you do this with all of your heart and soul, you might just have Jamie Foxx playing you one day. After all, he is a talented actor!

PS – This blog is not a movie. You are welcome and encouraged to participate and help make it worth all of our while. And, Jamie, you can play, too!   


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