A groundbreaking lesson I learned as a leader is the concept of responsibility vs rights. Taking on responsibility will require you to give up some rights. John Maxwell calls this “The Law of Sacrifice: A Leader must give up to go up.” Leaders have to give up more than others in order to effectively fulfill their responsibilities to move the team forward.
For example, a pastor gives up the right to order a beer at a restaurant because followers in the church could see that and think its ok. Yes, its ok to have a beer. But the leader understands that others are watching and following, so he gives up the right to drink a beer in public.
I used to think that as the owner of the company, I could go play golf whenever, walk into the office at the time I felt, and wear whatever I pleased to work. Boy was I wrong.
As we REBUILD our businesses, we need to rebuild the way we used to think the leadership role is ran. We can easily build up pride of ownership and go down the wrong path of entitlement.
Entrepreneurs are not entitled. We can’t afford it. We lead by example. We are last to eat, last to get paid, but first ones up and running and ready to advance the cause.
Nehimiah shows us first hand how God wants leaders to lead. As Governor, Nehimiah could have received a whole bunch of perks. But he chose to not burden the people, paving the example God was looking for.
Nehemiah 5:18-19 says Each day one ox, six choice sheep and some poultry were prepared for me, and every ten days an abundant supply of wine of all kinds. In spite of all this, I never demanded the food allotted to the governor, because the demands were heavy on these people. Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.
Are there any areas of the business where you can show awesome leadership by giving up your rights? We’ve heard in the news of CEO’s taking pay cuts, eliminating perks, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work with the first ranks.
As we REBUILD our businesses, we need to be conscious that others are looking at our work ethic, humility, generosity, tenacity, and resolve. They are following the leader and making positive decisions that will impact the entire organization.