‘A leader is a dealer in hope.’ – Napoleon Bonaparte
When it comes to leadership we often want what we can’t handle. There’s a misunderstanding in church that to be a leader means to be front and centre every Sunday.
But we can’t lead without the respect for the leadership we don’t value.
Leadership is about giving people the tools to lead themselves; with the hope they need to cultivate that responsibility. You’ll find that most leaders in history who ruled with an iron fist either died alone or in a bloody fight. Leaders invest in other people and build more leaders.
Leadership is not about leading with authority – it’s leading with grace. You can’t lead people to freedom if you’re the prison guard.
‘One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency.’ Arnold H. Glasow’
I love what Arnold H. Glasow says here because it’s so true. We all have blind spots, but we’ll never find them if we don’t bother asking for wisdom.
True leadership will build someone else up, instead of maintaining only what we see in ourselves.
‘Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.’ – Publilius Syrus.
You can’t expect someone else to rise up to lead if you’ve always viewed yourself as the only one who can steer the ship.