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Sunday, June 10, 2012

LEADERS PAY THE PRICE OF PRIVILEGE

LEADERS PAY THE PRICE OF PRIVILEGE

Passion, Privilege and Responsibility

I listened in to some teenagers in a debate about how all the chicken in the garden should be killed and eaten in a big feast because they made such a mess on the grounds. They were tired of cleaning up after the beasts. Getting rid of them was a total solution. They could be excused as teenagers, but many leaders often look for the easy way out.

What we love is privilege without responsibility. We pursue that option with passion. It forms our leadership philosophy. We keep changing tactics and trying out new things not so much because they are better, but because we are looking for options that have less of a role or the least responsibility. However, leaders never have that option.

There is a proverb that warns, "Where there are no oxen, the crib is clean. But much increase comes by the strength of the ox". If you give up the responsibility you give up the privilege. If you buy a car you must fuel it, if you use a cell phone, you must buy airtime. If you want babies you must be prepared to change diapers. If you want the golden eggs you must look after the goose. If you want a spouse, you must become one. If you want to be a leader are you willing to pay the price?  Leaders pay the price of the privilege they enjoy.

Allan

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