Leadership At The Highest Level
09.15.13 | Posted in UnCommon Leadership
This past week I read a great blog by Gary Runn that he wrote last year titled Why Greatness?
It’s an excellent blog written by a Christian leader who serves on staff at CRU or as it used to be called, Campus Crusade For Christ. I find Gary’s writing spot on and appreciate the alignment that we have in that our view of leadership being inspired by the greatest, highest level leader that has ever walked the planet – Jesus Christ. As I’ve written before, whether you subscribe to the Christian faith or not, if you should take an objective view of leadership and study the life of Christ you will find leadership that has been unmatched or reproduced by anyone.
Here’s how Gary defined greatness in a leader after highlighting the life of Abraham and the promise God made to him – “When anyone acquires greatness it can only proceed in one of two directions. Either it will move toward self-aggrandizement or it will move toward selfless blessing of others…….They recognize that their greatness is a ‘blessing’ in some way and they turn it toward the benefit of others.”
Then today I viewed a video by Harvard Publishing where seven people were interviewed and asked to respond to the question – “What is the worst mistake a leader could make?” Bill George, the Chairman/CEO of Medtronic and a Harvard professor said in part – “leaders put their self-interest ahead of the best interests of the organizations they run……if you’re looking out for your own money, power, fame and glory, that’s wrong!” He went on to talk about the “deep responsibility a leader has to the people you work with; customers, employees, shareholders…”
UnCommon Leaders understand what Gary Runn and Bill George are talking about. It’s not about us at all. It’s about making a difference while you’re here. First in our own lives so that we can undergo the scrutiny of investigation to make sure we’re doing and being the best version of ourselves that we can be. And while we are constantly working on our on sanctification, our attention turns to the lives of the people that we are blessed to lead. We find out what their goals and dreams are and we help them become the best they can be. We pour ourselves into others the way that Christ poured himself into us. Leadership is about responsibility, integrity, character, honesty and being authentic in our approach to making a difference. That difference we make is in the lives of others that we are blessed to lead.
Are you a “great” leader? Are you making a difference? It’s not too late to start!
Onward & Upward!