Sunday, May 9, 2010
I've observed a number of leaders in recent months who have voiced puzzlement over the lack of commitment the are seeing among their followers. While I do see that as a challenge the bigger issue in these I've watched are their own lack of commitment to their work... an apparent unwillingness to give all... to sell out to the call. There is one universal truth... and it applies to ministry, business, and most other environments... if a vision is not worth the leader's heart and soul it most certainly won't inspire anyone else's sacrifice. Call people to pursue something grand and then demonstrate your own belief in that call by pouring yourself into it. It will forever be difficult to convince people to do something that you yourself would never do.
There is a distinct difference between leading with passion and being led by passion. A leader must use passion as a tool to influence... it can be a powerful motivator. But most leaders are led by passion, and I think that is a dangerous place to operate from. I have written before about passion as a false indicator of truth. It is based on emotion and will mislead us time and time again. We MUST lead with passion even when we don't feel passionate... because if we wait until we FEEL passion we may never actually lead.