I have been going back and reading some of my books on leadership, administration, and teamwork… as well as adding a few new ones to the pile. Patrick Lencioni, Andy Stanley,Bill Hybels, etc. (sidenote: thanks to Dr. Steve Wende for suggesting Synergy by Ann Michel!)
Has it ever happened to you … the more you think about a subject the more aware you are of it in your life? When I was working on perfecting my weekly bread recipe, it seemed like everywhere I looked and everyone I spoke with was talking about bread, too!
With that in mind, I saw two posts on Facebook by a friend of mine that floored me with their simplicity. Leadership boiled down in a way that reminded me and challenged me, all at the same time. I invite you to reflect with me on these ideas from Rev. Richard Heyduck:
Leaders, regardless of title, claim responsibility.
non-leaders, regardless of title, deny responsibility.
A leader shows strength by giving credit to others.
A leader shows weakness by hogging credit.
The latter is an adage of mine. I hate to claim credit when something goes well. I actually WANT my Associate, youth director, Team Leader, Bible Study Teacher, etc to be the one to get credit for anything we do together. I want them to succeed and will do what I can to help make that happen…
But then the first saying comes in. Ouch. Because I know there are times where I don’t help… specifically to deny responsibility. I say to myself “well, let them hang themselves… I have tried and tried and they seem like they want to fail, so let them”. Sounds harsh? yeah, that is why I normally say that to myself.
If I am going to be a better leader (of staff, of people, of a congregation, etc) I need to figure out more how to live into BOTH sayings above instead of just the one that comes more naturally.