By Nancy Virden (c)2021
Leaders, devotion to the mission means taking care of yourself. That means drawing (and sticking to) healthy boundaries.
One of the fastest ways to unravel a good intention is to jump from compromise to compromise until the original plan is unrecognizable. A leader must be careful that the leadership role does not shift out of proportion.
For example, I am taking training to become a Certified Peer Supporter. My job will be to help people who are struggling with their mental health. Peer Supporters are taught to never lend money, accept gifts, give peer-clients rides, ask them for favors, etcetera. Why? Because if the role changes from Peer Supporter to rescuer or enabler, the peer-client suffers. The mission dies.
If as a leader you find yourself lost in a self-woven web of compromise, take a step back and reconsider. Think about your priorities and goals for yourself, family, followers, and mission. Write them out. Choose which ones to always say yes to. Think about this: Each time you say yes to something that is not on your yes list, you are exchanging the most important for the lesser.
Let us say you want to hold a meeting. One person cannot make it at the time you set, so you unthinkingly reset to a time that clashes with your child’s ballgame. Another person says they do not have a ride on that newly set date, so you promise to pick them up. They show up with kids and insist you drop them off at daycare. Meanwhile, you do not have time to pick up the tray of food you ordered for the meeting and you arrive late. A third person says they do not like taking notes, so you scribble the group comments for them. Distracted, you lose track of your agenda and fall short of the meeting’s goals. You had said you would volunteer at your church that night, however, your time is spent typing up the meeting notes.
That is one of the fastest ways to unravel a leader.
Know what to say yes to and you will be aware of what to say no to. -COMMENTS WELCOME
Today’s Helpful Word
The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.
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