I was recently listening to one of my heroes in leadership. His name is Dr. Sam Chand. He briefly mentioned that leaders often times make the mistake of either forcing people (followers) up to their level or giving them a choice to follow or leave. These are both mistakes. Good leaders will actually lower themselves to the people who are following.
What!? That’s right! I’m not saying that you lower your integrity, standards, character, etc. but you bring yourself down to their level in communication and disseminating information. Think about it for a moment. Isn’t this what Jesus did. God couldn’t have brought us to his level. It couldn’t have happened. We wouldn’t be able to handle it. So, instead God came down to our level in the form of His Son Jesus to redeem and lead us. While leading He didn’t use philosophical terms. He spoke their language, though He could have easily impressed even the smartest of scholars.
I think of all those potential great leaders, that because of their pride, will never reach their full potential because they won’t lower themselves to the level of their followers. They look around saying things like, “Well, if you’re not going to do it then leave!” So, what do people do—they leave! Now, I’m not saying that we have to walk on egg shells and make everyone happy or that leaders are prisoner to their followers. I am saying that there is some compromise that has to take place for you to be an effective leader. I am saying that no matter what you believe or think, when you become a leader there are things you have to give up. Is it fair? No, but that’s the price of being a leader.
There’s so much more about this topic that I want to talk about, but then it become a book and not a blog. These are my initial thoughts. What are yours?
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