I will soon be adding additional responsibilities at work. I have been praying about being a good leader. I have also been reading leadership “stuff” (John C. Maxwell, Tony Dungy, CS Lewis, etc.). I stumbled upon this:
I went on a search to become a leader. I searched high and low. I spoke with authority. People listened. But there was one wiser than I and they followed that individual.
I sought to inspire confidence, but the crowd responded, “Why should I trust you?” I postured, and I assumed the look of leadership with a countenance that flowed with confidence and pride. But many passed me by and never noticed my air of elegance.
I ran ahead of the others, pointed the way to new heights. I demonstrated that I knew the route to greatness. Then I looked back and I was alone.
“What shall I do?” I thought. “I tried hard and used all that I know”. I sat down and I pondered long.
Then I listened to the voices around me. I heard what the group was trying to accomplish. I rolled up my sleeves and joined in the work. As we worked, I asked, “Are we all together in what we want to do and how we want to do it?” We thought together, fought together and struggled towards our goal.
I found myself encouraging the fainthearted. I sought the ideas of those too shy to speak out. I taught those who had little skill. I praised those who worked hard. When our task was completed, one of the group turned to me and said, “this would not have been done except for your leadership.”
At first I said, “I didn’t lead. I just worked with the rest.” Then I understood; leadership is not a goal, it’s a way to reaching a goal.
I lead best when I help others go where they’ve decided to go. I lead best when I help others to use themselves creatively. I lead best when I forget about myself as a leader and focus on my group…their needs and their goals.
To lead is to serve…to give…to achieve together. – Anonymous
This is how I will try to go forward! A fresh start for all. A clean slate. Summer is here and it’s time to roll up the sleeves.