the high cost of leadership

April 11, 2014
Reflections

Reflections

Leadership done well comes with a high price tag. Done rightly, leadership is a lifestyle that puts great value on those being led.

As a leader that values those you lead, you come to understand what it means to be a good steward of other lives.

It costs you to get your people out of trouble when they invariably do so, it costs you when you have to discipline them, it costs you when you have to stand in the gap and protect them, and it costs you to take the time to invest into their lives so that they grow and flourish.It costs you when you have to do things that you don’t really feel like doing at the time. It is hard work.

When you see a poorly functioning team of people, you will often find the the cause is a leader, or leaders, not willing to pay the cost of leadership.Remember this – someone pays for the cost of leadership, either the leader does or the people he leads pay the cost. When the people being led have to pay the cost, it is usually not good.

One key point – how do you see those that you lead? Are they parts of a system that need to be managed, are they irritants, obstacles, maybe even tools? Or do you see them as people – unique creations made in the image of the living God? Do you understand the importance, and the biblical command, that you love them? I know, some are not too lovable, but nonetheless, we are called to love others.

If you are a leader or aspire to be a leader, then count the cost for it will be high. It is worth it, but leadership is not for the faint of heart, the self-centered, or the lazy.

Be willing to gladly pay the cost and make a real difference in the lives of others!

Have a great weekend!

BG

PS. Check out this excellent book – The Way of the Shepherd, Seven Secrets to Managing Productive People.