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Real leadership is what our country, state, and local communities desperately need. I believe we are suffering in this area because people don’t really know what leadership is. Most people think leadership is merely occupying a position, but it’s much more than that. It’s about humility and influence — fundamentals of real leadership — being teachable, and realizing we may be wrong at times.
Unfortunately, many think that leadership is a means to getting their own way and doing what they want, regardless of how it affects others. But if you have to keep reminding people who you are, then you are operating in the lowest form of leadership — positional leadership, which says, “I’m the boss; do what I say, or else!” If this is your style of leadership, you must realize that people intuitively know if you think you are better than they are, and no one wants to follow a leader like that.
Ultimately, we must realize, especially in the body of Christ, that we are smarter together than any one of us could ever be alone. Real leadership asks, “How can I help?” and says, “Come be a part of the team!” not “Do this,” or “Do that.” When leading others in any capacity, remember the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, May 2, 2016 @ 7:23 AM CDT
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