My posts this week will be completing my “takeaways” from the Chick-fil-A Leadercast Conference 2010 and after that I will be taking a two-week break while I prepare for vacation, enjoy vacation, and recover from vacation!!! In looking over last week’s posts, I have decided that this week, I want to spend less time telling you what the speakers said and more time telling you what I thought about what they said. I’m sorry, the speakers said things much more intelligent than you will find written here, but I don’t really feel like retyping my notes anymore!
Speaker #7: John Maxwell – Leadership expert and best-selling author of…lots of books.
I am sure that most of you have heard of Mr. Maxwell and probably read a few of his books. I started reading his books when I was about twelve years old and I think I have read all of them with the exception of his most recent book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. Mr. Maxwell always has a plethora (3 Amigos!) of practical leadership knowledge, and this event was no exception. He did, however, say one thing that really stuck out to me.
Allow me to paraphrase: “Real leaders aren’t lonely at the top because they do not see themselves as “at the top”. They are too busy going down to get others and take them up.”
I guess this caught my attention because I have often heard it said, “Leadership is a lonely place.” And in a certain sense, I think that is true. But a lot of the loneliness that we may face as leaders is the result of our focus shifting from those that we are leading (not to mention the One that we are following) to ourselves.
This is why I like Philip so much. Philip was never too worried about himself. No one really thinks of him when they are thinking of great leaders of the Bible. But he was one of the greatest. He was always finding people and bringing them to Jesus. He was always willing to go where no one else wanted to go. It was never about him. It was about those he was leading, and the One they were following. Philip understood the art of being a first follower.
Are you lonely? I will let you in on a little secret…so are they! They are waiting for someone to lead them, someone to go and get them. There is your cure to loneliness; share the love of Christ!