“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4.
It’s possible to be a great leader and still look for the interests of others as much as his own. We see evidence of the former statement in the work dome by Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Ernest Shackleton. Eventually, an egoistic leader loses many of his team’s trust and wins at least a few enemies during his administrative tenure.
Go figure. Who in their right mind wants to support the leadership of a self-centered leader who cares little to none about the well being of his team. I vow to never leave anyone on my team behind and be caring and attentive to their needs. I know it’s more work for me but I bet it will be less stressful for my people.
Although I’m not a US Marine, I was mentored by one back in the day. Semper Fidelis — Always faithful. I don’t leave anyone behind, especially those who need my help the most during a crisis situation. Let’s not forget that the Lord has instructed us to use our gifts for the advancement of the gospel and to assist others.
I see no advantage in being Machiavellian and verbally or non-verbally treat my peers as subordinates, making them to seek me in order to maintain a position of power in an operation. In fact, I find the former strategy a cowardly attitude that only leads to isolation, a culture of toxicity, and predictable high levels of turn-over. A person needs to be very insecure about him or herself to push others down like that.
Even though they shouldn’t, Machiavellian types happen to assume way too many positions of power in American society causing way too many problems that could be avoidable. What a tragedy, I must add!
Godly leaders are to do the following: First and foremost follow God’s commands. Second, do their very best in whatever they do for God’s glory. Lastly, treat people with the respect that they deserve and advance the institution.
Choosing to engage in childish power games and easy to spot Machiavellian tactics will eventually backfire because most people aren’t dumb and stupid. It’s easy to recognize a power hungry and coward leader simply by how they act and react, especially under pressure.
My advise: Help every single person on your team with their issues and celebrate your team’s accolades with sincere words and a smile. Failure to do the former is administrative suicide, in my opinion and likely to be a sign that a unit is lead by an inadequate leader.
We only live once. What a privilege it is to serve as a caring leader for an organization. Be a blessing to others and leverage the former to glorify God. It’s your duty. It’s my duty. It’s our duty. By doing what is right for others, God will reward you.
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:6. “”In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Being with God is a gift. Doing what is right for you and your team is a must. Always be a blessing to others, especially those who are under your command.