With Great Beard, Comes Great Responsibility!

What leaders with beard’s understand about themselves

It was Father’s Day here on Sunday just gone. One of the presents I was most fortunate to receive was a mug from my grandson that says:

My new mug with Mo watching in the background!

With Great Beard, Comes Great Responsibility!

Sean’s new coffee mug – Frankly Funny

I have had a beard for as long as I can remember, like my father before me. It has varied in length and thickness over the years. Perhaps my greatest achievement was wearing it Ned Kelly style once upon a time. As any good Aussie would know, Ned was a notorious bushranger (and local folk hero) who epitomised what it meant to be anti-establishment back in the day. Now my beard is quite white, and kids have been known to come up to me and ask if I am the brother of Santa Claus! And, yes for the record I have played Father Christmas once or twice.

Ned Kelly, the day before he was hanged in 1880. Picture Courtesy of The State Library of Victoria

So, if we look through the historical record as far back as we can (and even pre-history for that matter), we find that the beard is a symbol of responsibility. In Ancient Egypt, the pharaohs wore a fake beard when performing official tasks. It symbolised their connection with the gods. Yes, even the female pharaohs such as Hatshepsut wore a fake beard too.

Image by Tammy Cuff from Pixabay

Other iconic ancient civilisations have seen their kings and emperors wear beards. Not to be outdone, many of the kings of England wore beards as well. King Henry VIII springs to mind. Then there are cultures where the beard is a key part of the religious establishment.

The Responsibilities!!!

So, what are the responsibilities of a “bearded one?” (as my friends would say). Every bearded leader knows this:

  • Understand that you may be considered much older than you are, and so wiser than everyone else in the room. This implies you have a level of maturity that, in fact, you may not have;
  • You will always be the subject of scrutiny from friends, family and others. They will request you to remove your beard from time to time. However, once you do, they will then say you looked much better when you wore a beard;
  • If your beard is left unkempt, you will be viewed with suspicion. Perhaps even seen as a member of an organisation with different values to society, when in fact, you are not a part of that group;
  • When all else fails, clutch your beard under the chin when about to make an important decision or announcement. This will provide everybody with confidence going forward;
  • Be prepared to undertake the role of Santa Claus or other festival entity. You never know when this fabulous opportunity will present itself!
Photo by Yves Herman – Reuters 2019 World Beard Championships

Lastly, if you do have a beard, and have thought about entering the World Beard Championships, then it is something that needs to be treated with the greatest of respect. Ladies can enter too and use fake beards.

I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday!

 

27 thoughts on “With Great Beard, Comes Great Responsibility!

    1. Thank you Micah. Before we got married, my wife said I needed to shave my beard off otherwise she won’t know what I looked like should I ever decided to run away (Quite the stirrer is my wife). My Nana agreed as well. So, I did. And the response from both – you better grow it back quick – lololol…

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  1. I always notice when men have to make important decisions or they’re finding it particularly hard to make a decision, they clutch onto their beard. Does it really help in your decision making process? I guess we all do small things like that, like rub our heads or put our hands over our face. I wonder what the reason behind this is?

    Anyway, I think this post was great. Such a great topic that came from a gift from your grandson. Thats inspiration to me for finding blog inspiration where ever I can!

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    1. I’m glad you liked the post Olivia and you found some blog inspiration 🙂

      No, I don’t clutch onto my beard when it comes to difficult decisions. The reason re the other tells is generally: “I can’t believe this is happening, or I need a moment to sort my thoughts out here.”

      Staff have told me in the past I tend to either look over the top of my glasses when comments are questionable or swivel in my chair. The amount of swivel indicates my level of dissatisfaction e.g. a quarter turn is me considering things, a half turn is “really!” and a full turn is “ooh, we better have an answer.” I had a group of executives once who used to take bets on the amount of steam that would come out of my ears, and when, during a council meeting – quite cheeky I thought, but it kept them entertained.

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  2. Sean – This post was a great read! Beards are coming back as is the beard maintenance business. When I attend my son’s CrossFit events he is in the minority as he does not have a beard. Beards are very common with CFers. Love the ‘cat on the cup’ – did you plan that as I picked that up quick. BTW – Ned Kelly had some great hair!

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    1. Hello Rita. It’s good to know I have never been out of fashion! Yes, I did do that shot on purpose re Mo and the cup. I’m not sure what he was expecting, but he watched me with great interest. Ned, did have great hair. Love the Gif by the way 🙂

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  3. Belated Happy Father’s Day!!

    This had me laugh at loud!

    I remembered my husband in every point you’ve mentioned because he is obsessed in growing his beard. You should see his ‘vanity kit’ — all about beard growing, beard care…

    And yes, someone would ask him (ME!!) from time to time to remove it or trim it. I would tell him I’d forgotten how he’s looked before. Sometimes, when we’re fighting, I’d threaten him that I’d shave it all off when he’s asleep, we’d end out laughing about it and making up 😀 He would joke about Samson and Delilah 😀

    I always wondered why everyone calls him ‘Sir ‘ — and these very same people call me by my first name 😀

    My son told me that when he is older, he wants to grow one like his father’s, how about your son? Did he grow his like yours?

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    1. Thank you, Janis. I’m glad this post made you laugh out loud. I really enjoyed writing it.

      That’s very funny about your husband’s vanity kit 😂

      Samson and Delilah – I like that. Great story and outcome. I usually get threatened with a smack 😊

      Yes, I still get called sir wherever I go 🤣 My wife has always preferred to be called, Linda – but that’s how we are over here.

      One son has grown a beard (but he still needs a little bit of catching up to do), and the other son needs to shave more regularly because he has a few more years before it will look reasonable😊

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      1. Hehe, about the kit, unfortunately, the volume of his facial hair is not balanced according to what he aims for. His is like that of Hugh Jackman’s as Wolverine 😀 He didn’t like it. He would rather look like Hugh as Hugh…

        Yes! There’s that automated ‘Sir’ title… had I met you in person, I would probably have called you sir as well…

        Hahaha, I would rather be addressed by my first name too… it just amazes me how people get so respectful of my husband when we both look like wandering microadults… yeah, perhaps it’s the magi vibe 😀

        I can imagine your sons… It’s nice when they already have an idea how theirs would look like someday…

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      2. Well, Hugh’s a lovely guy. He trained to be an actor in my hometown. So, your husband has picked the right person to model his beard on 🤣

        Yes, that automatic response thing. I’m always happy to be called Sean above anything else😊

        It’s funny how others perceive us. Your husband obviously does have the vibe 😆

        Yes, my sons do look like me – more so the eldest one. So, they will have very full beards 😊

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  5. What a great post!!! Yes, there is a lot of work and responsibility with having a beard. My husband does Movember every year and can grow an impressive 70s bushy ‘tash in a month. It drives me crazy. So prickly! Perhaps you need a follow up post written by the women who live with Men with Beards 🤣

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