No, I'm not done yet. Don't worry, just one more after this to slog through:
I had trouble with leadership until I finally figured it out for myself. I didn’t want to tell anyone what to do – because I don’t want to be told what to do. I value consensus and cooperation very highly, and I don’t want to insist on my own way (or the highway). I love learning more about people, what they believe, what they want out of life, what they think is the right thing to do. I want to work together to create things that are greater than a simple combination of parts.
What I had to learn is that leadership is obedience. I have found leadership to be obedience to my own conscience, not violating my integrity for the sake of safety or a surface-level getting along. Leadership is also obedience to the standards set out for me, by my faith and by the office that I occupy. Leadership is obedience to the truth, even when it contradicts what I thought was true, or makes me uncomfortable, or is difficult to say out loud. Leadership is obedience to the people I am leading – I serve them and answer to them, ultimately, because I depend on them to accomplish anything I want to accomplish, and because they keep me honest and help me check my ego at the door.
At the heart of leadership is ultimate obedience to God. As a leader I believe I am called to do all I can to be a dim reflection of God’s love, and to join the great cloud of witnesses as we seek God. I know that I have more to learn than I have to teach, and I am overjoyed to know that God will always surprise me.