Neutral, by definition: Inert, not helpful nor supportive, bland, uncommitted. Neutral is disengaged. Neutral has no strongly marked characteristics or features.
As a result of its definition, Neutral is nearly never seen brushing elbows with leaders and to this day hasn’t been considered for inclusion in the much-referenced Who’s Who and What’s What of Required and Desired Traits of A Leader.
Neutral has this terrible reputation that it can’t seem to overcome.
Eric (a good friend and a kick-ass tennis pro) rocked my Neutral-As-It-Relates-To-Leadership paradigm on the courts last Thursday.
“Consider leading from a Position of Neutral”, he said. “It is your Strongest Position”, he added.
I considered this, per his instructions. I wasn’t buying, though I have such respect for Eric’s tennis abilities that I was still listening.