LEADERS CANNOT RISE ABOVE THE LIMITATIONS OF THEIR CHARACTER
Have you ever seen highly talented people suddenly fall apart when they achieved a certain level of success?
People who achieve great heights but lack the bedrock character to sustain them through the stress are headed for disaster.
They are destined for one or more of the four A’s:
painful feelings of Aloneness
Each is a terrible price to pay for weak character.
If you’ve found yourself being sucked in by one of the four A’s , do what you must to step away from some of the stress of your success, Don’t think that the valley you’re in will pass with time, more money, or increased prestige. Unaddressed cracks in character only get deeper and more destructive with time.
If you’re not struggling in any of these four areas, you should still examine the condition of your character. Ask yourself whether your words and actions match—all the time. When you say you’ll finish an assignment, do you always follow through? If you tell your children that you’ll make it to their recital or ball game, are you there for it?
As you lead others, recognize that your character is your most important asset.
“The respect that leadership must have requires that one’s ethics be without question. A leader not only stays above the line between right and wrong, he stays well clear of the ‘gray areas.’”
EXAMINE THE CONDITION OF YOUR CHARACTER, AND MAKE SURE YOUR WORDS AND ACTIONS MATCH UP.
2 Peter 1:5-7
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
Leaders Leading Leaders
Taking Responsibility For Outcome
The Q is a Leader who takes responsibility for Outcome
*Leader: a man who is what a Leader is and does what a Leader does
*Outcome: what happens and fails to happen, whether good or bad
Taking Responsibility for the Outcome is a three-step process
The first step in taking responsibility for Outcome is to know what it is you want to happen. Having Vision (seeing the Outcome) is part of what a Leader does. If the Leader does not have a clear destination in mind, how can anyone follow him there?
The second step is to devise a course of action (a COA) that has a substantial likliehood of success. A COA is a planned Movement to solve a Problem or achieve an Outcome. It is the path that will lead to realization of the Vision.
The third step is to demonstrate Commitment, the Leader’s unwavering loyalty and determination to both Mission and the well being of the Members of his Group.
All three steps are necessary. Without Vision, a Leader won’t know where he his going, without a COA he won’t know how to get there and without Commitment no one else will trust him enough to follow him.