Category Archives: Irvinisms, the book

My observations on lesson’s learned.

Impostors of Leadership


They speak such wondrous words of wisdom and sometimes spirituality. They even pat you on the back and tell you what a wonderful job you are doing.  They become our presidents and vice presidents, directors, managers, teachers, scholars, business and community leaders, etc.  They manage to gather great support of colleagues; they build a wonderful network of advocates.  They publish books, articles, become great orators – they build and or lead multi-million and billion dollar companies. We praise them for their astonishing accomplishments. 


This post was inspired by a conversation on yesterday with my brother James and my friend Tammy.  Both conversations were about leadership.  It was Tammy who mentioned the words “impostors of leadership” during our conversation.  I immediately responded, “OMG, this sounds like a blog post!”  During both conversations, I was reminded of a particular scripture.  We have all heard it said many times.  It starts with a warning, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves!” (Matthew 7:15, KJV).  I can imagine the Master making this great announcement – loudly, forcibly and emphatically.

Prophets are a type of leader – a spiritual leader, if you will.  However, then also there are our leaders in medicine, education, criminal justice, law, politics, etc., etc.    Some of them, maybe many of them are no more than wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Excuse me, “ravenous” wolves in sheep clothing.  I then looked up the word “ravenous” to get a greater understanding of what this piece of scripture was attempting to communicate.  Among the synonyms are:  ferocious, greedy, insatiable, and voracious – could eat a horse!  There is so much in the idea “could eat a horse!”, but time does not permit.  Meanwhile, what I can share with you is that the Master has already forewarned us, “Beware, Beware, BEWARE!”  A wolf in sheep clothing does NOT look like a wolf.  They are NOT sheep and they are NOT leaders.  They are impostors!  Huh?! – Period, Case-Closed!

We Are All On The Wheel!

We were speaking, as we often do about life: politics, finance, business – religion, etc. when somehow after we ended up on the later and I was bitter about some things with “the church” and how hypocritical religious people are and was infuriated with how religion has been transformed into a business (this is my opinion) while so many are suffering needlessly alone and have even lost the will to live. I was on my soapbox, livid and was ready to blow a fuse or two when he said, “…we are all on the wheel”.

An intellectual and one of my most favorite people on the planet, Uncle Barry is the source that inspired this entry. I often find it necessary to have pen, paper, paper towel, or napkin when he commences to speak.  If I don’t write it down in that moment the inspirations might be lost in the annals of time whereby no one else might get a chance to enjoy the deeply thoughtful lessons.


It was a short, but profoundly thought provoking statement that caused me to self-reflect again on my part in the world that we all have created. It appears that once we befriend the notion that we are all works in progress, that none of us are perfect, that we all have donned cloaks of mortality, we then see more clearly the absolute necessity to love, to assist, to help, to motivate and did I say “to love”? It would behoove us to recall that before the beautiful and colorful pottery that adorns our homes become such beautiful and colorful pottery that adorn our homes – were nothing but scooped lumps of clay in the hand of a potter who knew only what the clay was to become.You may ask the potter as much as you would, but truth is; only the potter knows how the lump of clay is going to turn out. So, we will learn more and more not to judge, we all fall short and stumble in life, but we must simply remember that, “We Are All On The Wheel” – Derek Irvin