Adapt or Confront
Never adapt to that which should be confronted.
Vision, Service, Thankfulness
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree
That’s Not Right
We don’t talk about it. We often pretend it doesn’t exist. We think we can ignore it….but leaders can’t.
And it might be the BIGGEST areas of discontent for those we lead.
It’s failing to do what ever is in your power as a leader…to do what is right.
It is difficult to make everything fair. Some ministries will simply work harder than others due to the nature of the ministry. Traffic will have a harder job, being outside parking cars, than the greeters standing in the entrance.
Some people on your team will likely work more hours than others. Someone on your team will probably get paid more than others.
It’s not always fair, but most followers can understand the differences. It’s important that a leader not try to hide the fact that it isn’t fair.
Followers are looking carefully at a leader to do what is right.
When there are gaping differences in how team members are treated, compensated, held accountable, praised, recognized, or rewarded problems can arise.
If there are big differences between similar roles or positions on your team they start to think to themselves, “Hey, this is not right.”
Leaders fail at being right all the time, we just chose to ignore it or pretend it’s not important.
But we all know that those we lead are thinking about it…and they are thinking about it a lot because we were all followers of leaders at one time…and we were all thinking about it too.
Followers constantly thinking about what is right and wondering why their leaders are not doing anything to address it.
This happens in every organization that employs people.
But we ignore it. We don’t like to talk about it. We say things like, “Hey, I had to do that too” or “That’s just how it is.”
But we make no effort to fix it or address it…and that’s not right.
The perception of a leader will often, for good or bad, be based on the extent he or she tries to make things right or fails to make things right.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Good Shepherds are Good Sheep
“Many who aspire to leadership fail because they have never learned to follow.” – J. Oswald Sanders
Looking For The One, Praying For The One, Being The One
Simeon reminds us that our mission may be to be on watch and look for The One…not to be The One.