Everybody Needs a Model Or Two To Be Effective
‘People never do what you say – only what you do
…then only after you have salted them down…’
What/Who Is An Approximate Leader Metaphor You Relate To?
As we venture through life, influential personalities pass our way. Some of these are distant influencers. They touch us through their books, blogs – the proverbial ship passing in the night. Others stay longer. Rarely does an influential we come to love and respect leave without heat though. ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’ as Shakespeare captured it so well. This fascinating dynamic is a worthwhile study in various biographies that are honest enough to get past the silly surface-grin and down to what we all know to be the real story we all suffer through. (Bobby Clinton has a grasp on this matter as well any anyone on the planet. His tomes The Making of A Leader and Connecting are in my top 100 list of ‘Just Gotta Buy, Read, and Re-Read.’
(NOTE: I officially no longer waste my time actually ‘reading’ books unless they ‘re-read’ worthy. As many know, I am a graduate of the ‘Evelyn Wood-Head Sped-Redding School of Sped Redding’ to quote Cheech and Chong. I do scan lots of books still – but scanning and carefully reading are far different matters.)
All effective leaders have lived long enough to realize they lack the marbles to accomplish the humongous goal Jesus has placed in their heart. To get there, some amazing, serendipitous supply is needed. The greatest part of God’s supply will always arrive in the form of content – the wisdom God provides that can come from people alone.
Is there a metaphor you can use to help people relate to your leadership style?
There are numerous aspects needed to describe the breadth of how you relate as a leader:
- The communication aspect of your leadership
- The way you connect with people; the way you don’t connect (more important)
People now tell me who I remind them of so I don’t really need a metaphor often.
May I recommend one to you if you are searching or starting out?
Jack Black – the funny man who is all about finding the good in people and is not afraid to climb into situations or fend for the downtrodden.
Best of all – Jack is self-deprecating. It is hard to not follow one like this. Today, if you can’t tell on yourself, be yourself, you are sunk.
Mind you, however, that with Jack as a metaphor there come built-in weaknesses to be aware of…
You are an easy target by weak, opportunistic leaders around you who are not living vulnerably.