I have been reflecting on leadership over the past number of weeks. I have to say that I am always challenged by good leadership, but I am even more challenged when I see poor leadership.
I understand that I am using a children's nursery rhyme to make some points, but I think they are worth contemplating.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
Poor leaders sit on walls - "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall," - The first thing to point out is that genuine leaders don't sit, they are involved in the action, out among their people. Leaders should never elevate themselves by sitting on walls or pedestals looking down on people because they want to move and serve among people they supposedly love. Be wary when leaders elevate themselves...it is not a healthy sign.
Poor leaders will eventually fall - "Humpty Dumpty had a great fall." - If leaders elevate themselves above others they will eventually fall. The more they elevate themselves the harder the fall. Jim Collins has written a book about this important topic; "How the Mighty Fall." It is worth a read.
Poor leaders have thin skins - "All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again." - Humpty had thin skin. Put another way, Humpty may have looked good, may have had charisma, but Humpty lacked character and so he fell hard and he was shattered.
Just some thoughts for the day!
Iam challenged to be a good leader and lead like Jesus led.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,