ENCOURAGE YOUR PEOPLE…CORRECTING THEM WHEN NECESSARY.
TITUS 2:15 TLB
It’s hard to lead others further than you’ve gone yourself, especially when you’re more concerned about your popularity than keeping the team on course. One of the first lessons in leadership is this: it’s impossible to please everybody! If you constantly need approval you’ll end up being controlled by those you’re supposed to lead. Paul recognised this, that’s why he told Timothy: ‘Teach…and encourage your people…correcting them when necessary. You have the authority to do this, so don’t let anyone…disregard what you say’ (Titus 2:15 TLB). Insecure, inexperienced leaders stress over decisions they think might cause unhappiness in the ranks. They feel responsible for other people’s emotional reaction. Here’s a really obvious rule: when you’re doing what you know you should be doing and others don’t agree, that’s their problem, unless you allow it to become yours. Sometimes these kind of disagreements about vision just happen and people choose to go their own way. That’s one of the hardest things about leadership. But a mature leader deals with this kind of disappointment and keeps a good attitude. Think about a parent warning a child about putting her hand on a hot stove – it’s not the parent’s responsibility to make them enjoy hearing it, right? Hopefully, as they mature they’ll understand. If only that were true in leadership! Some people don’t like hearing ‘no’ regardless of how old they get. We all need to be told ‘no’ from time to time, leaders included, otherwise we’ll never be happy with anything other than getting our own way. So why do you want to lead? Is it to get your own way or is it to show The Way to a lost world?