The Price of Leadership
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
On the same day someone told me, “You are really growing in your faith,” and someone else wrote, “You are becoming too commercialized.”
The price of doing something with your life is that some people will question your motives. And the more successful you are, the more you will be questioned. This merciless criticism has caused many a man to shrink from attempting something great for God.
But I would offer that Agnew’s “nabobs of negativity” are going to get you either way—you’re a “self-promoter” if successful, but you’re a “loser” unless you’re a star. You will never, ever satisfy these people.
Since half the people are not going to like you no matter what you do, they may as well not like you for the right reason. I would rather please God by obeying my calling, than please men. It’s worth memorizing: “Since half the people are not going to like me anyway, they may as well not like me for the right reason.”
Because of the Fall everyone will be misunderstood, misconstrued, misquoted, and maligned. The difference for those of us called to leadership is that we are going to hear about it. I learned in business school that a leader needs to be willing to accept a certain amount of anger from below. That has really helped me to accept the blows, along with God’s growing grace.
So, the choice is pretty simple. We can accept this price of leadership and do something with our lives, or we can join the chorus of criticizers who know best (think they know) what’s wrong with the world, but are afraid to do anything about it.