When talking to strangers at a cocktail party, the second most popular questions after “What do you do” is always “Who do you work for?”
Having gone through this motion so many times before, I knew that the only right answer to the question is by namedropping some famous people in the current organisation that I’m in. Hopefully by doing this, the stranger and I could establish rapport in our mutual admiration towards that said person, making our small talks a little less painful.
It’s not that I hate fanboying. I actually love to fanboy. But I rather fanboy about the other kind of leaders – the ones that don’t make the headlines. The ones that aren’t the poster boy of success, the ones that don’t even hold the topmost positions.
But they are the ones who care. They are the ones who spare some time to talk to people under their wings, despite how hectic their schedules might be. They are the ones who actually LISTEN.
These leaders don’t sit on a throne. They don’t limit their company of people to just the nobles and the aristocrats. But they mingle with the everyman. They struggle to keep the harmony from the top to the bottom.
These are the kind of leaders that I want to fanboy over to that stranger. These are the Nguyens, the Joannes, and the Hexes of my life, and I would follow them across the narrow sea, to the seven deep ends of the universe.
Thankfully, I don’t go to cocktail parties, so I don’t have to meet strangers. I meet close friends instead. And close friends, they know better than to assume that your job is the most important part of your life. Close friends go straight for the gossip, “Are you seeing someone?”
Which I never am, so I’ll end up talking about my job, cause it’s important to me. *sadface*