I just read Timothy Clark’s book, The Leadership Test. I enjoyed it right from the get-go. Here’s a blurb from the introduction…
Leadership is about stewardship, not self-interest. It’s about moral responsibility for your life, other people, and the resources we share. Too often, this is not the pattern. What we see instead are leaders intoxicated with power, thirsting for adulation, vaunting themselves as if we were lucky to have them. And what do they leave? The littered remains of indulgence, greed, and corruption. How sad it is to leave a landfill when you could leave a legacy.
The universal temptation of leadership is to use position for personal gain. The culminating test of leadership is to resist that temptation. But as we all observe, many succumb. In far too many instances, leaders become lords of entitlement.
What do you think Joe/Wanda?
Joe Kerr: Obviously this fellow didn’t get the promotion he wanted.
I’m going to offer up yet another golden nugget to our impoverished audience. You’ve heard the expression, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Well, heed it. Get off your high horse, and stop whining long enough to grab your piece of the pie.
Wanda B. Goode: The author’s words certainly jibe with my observations. I think it’s important to point out that it is not easy to be a good leader. As Timothy mentions, the temptation is always there, and it’s very strong. If it weren’t we wouldn’t have so very many “fake leaders” as he calls them.
Here’s a related post.
Leadership is Stewardship