Leadership Nuggets

"But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave." Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:26, 27 NLT)

Monday, 30 September 2013

Leadership Nugget: A leader's Achilles' heel


Dear leader,

 Many leaders have been brought down from their lofty positions because of a flaw in their character. Every day in the news there is another leader caught with their pants down, hands in the till, disreputable acts and the like. I recollect watching an ex American president sitting red faced trying to retract lies he had made about his sexual conduct. An ex British Prime Minister's dishonesty fast tracked his exit from No 10. The downfall of a high profile cycling hero with a charitable foundation because of the quest to win at all cost. Moses did not reach his promised land because of his anger; many pastors have defiled the anointing of God over their lives by uncontrolled lust and greed. The list goes on and on..
 Let's face it, we all have character flaws. I am yet to meet anyone whose character is perfect. Any character flaw is a limitation which affects one's action and abilities. A character flaw which is not acknowledged and controlled can become your Achilles' heel (point of weakness) and ultimately lead to your downfall.

As a leader, what should you do?

Firstly, be truthful to yourself and acknowledge your character flaws; we all have 'em. If you refuse to acknowledge the existence of a weakness, it will remain a weakness.

Most leaders are usually surrounded by people who want to meet their every whim. Don't believe the hype, have an inner circle of friends (or mentors) who will always tell you the truth even if it hurts. Leaders need people who will not tell them what they want to hear but what they need to hear. You need people to give you a dose of reality check from time to time.

A leader that thinks he or she is above everyone else and knows everything will soon realise that no one will cushion their fall; and they will fall fast and hard. A leader without followers is just somebody. Always value your followers and appreciate that your success as a leader is a function of the followers you have.

Do not under value lessons from history; yours or other leaders. It helps you to avoid previous pitfalls. When it came to dealing with the Syrian crisis, Obama took lessons from the Iraq war.

Have a moral compass and ethical values that guides your actions and decisions; even when you stand alone, stand on the side of what is right and true.

Our character flawed or otherwise makes us who we are, but the important thing is not to let our flaw become our Achilles' heel.




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