I believe that we have all used this forum to provide a look at all of the great things about being a leader. But I have been thinking about all of the things a great leader may have to give up? We will cover Christ and His ultimate sacrifice shortly. Let’s talk about this more locally, or directly first.
As leaders in our home, what do we have to go without? Maybe we don’t go without anything now. But I bet at some point in your life you either worked some overtime, did not buy something you wanted or let your family do something without you, just so you could afford to let them do it. So I ask you; Does this make you a good leader in your home?
Could there have been a better example set, or a better lesson taught, by doing without and being together? How about a leader at a large well respected and prosperous company? Do you think he has made any sacrifices to get to the top? Now I don’t mean anything unethical or illegal. I am referencing how many ball games have they missed? How many dance recitals have they missed, how many family dinners have been later, because of their position and status?
There is a component of sacrifice in leadership. As a leader when you are willing to pay the price there will be other team members with leadership potential willing to work with you. I heard once the world is run by tired people. I guess that has to be true, but it is surely built on sacrifice. You will see that leaders are involved in multiple things and are busy. The price to pay is long work hours, reduced family time, facing the pressures of day to day operations, etc.
A team is the key to the dream. John Maxwell says “it takes teamwork to make the dream work.” He also has said “it takes a Mount Everest team to achieve a Mount Everest dream”. Another point to remember as a leader is we need to be able to inspire and recruit excellent team members to accomplish our dream. We cannot do it alone!