At what cost are you willing to appear successful?
This was at the heart of a conversation with my friend on Monday. In our context we we're talking about ministry. We were talking about the imaginary bar of success we set for ourselves in the sense of ministry. The imaginary bars were all numerical.
"Success looks like more people."
Eventually, our conversation turned to this thought, "What do we really want for the people we serve?" The answer was easy, we want for people to have lives transformed by Jesus. You might not be in ministry but I bet you want people to experience transformation because of your leadership.
To often our leadership is transactional when it should be transformation.
Both styles of leadership has a cost.
Transactional leadership costs someone else.
Transformation leadership costs you.
Transactional leadership costs someone else because our leadership is based on exchange - If I do this for you than I need to get (fill in your blank that helps you appear successful) from you.
Transformational leadership costs you something because it is based on long term goals - As the leader I am willing to sacrifice the immediate result I want in order to gain what we would both want five years from now.
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