Leadership is not a character trait which arises from standing on the shoulders

of giants and repeating what has been taught to you. Rather, it is a character trait

which arises naturally from within you; an organic, experiential understanding of

the process of life – and claiming your role within it. Regardless of the situational

uniqueness, leadership takes creativity, curiosity, and the courage to be innovative

while also being grounded and humble. To be a leader of one – you – is a great

thing. Life is an education after all and, as we revealed in Chapter 8, the realiza-

tion of one’s potential is a worthy and noble goal – allowing you to be in control of

the situation instead of the other way around. Yet to be a leader of many takes a

special person. When considering the built environment and its many players and

legal parameters, this role often falls to the architect.