As we grow on our leadership, everything goes up, except for one: rights.
You read that correctly, rights. Sadly, when we see our leaders, especially what seems to be prevalent today, leaders get all the rights and privileges. Not saying all, but some. It’s visible not only in the positions in the government but also in our offices, families, and yes, even in the church.
Reading John Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, one chapter there is dedicated on the Law of Sacrifice. In that chapter, one line struck me:
“As you rise in leadership, responsibilities increase and rights decrease.” (John Maxwell)
To elaborate, when you don’t have responsibilities, you pretty have much time for yourself or do things you like. But when responsibilities fall into your plate, like bills, people to manager, operational expenses in business, you get little wiggle room and you have to perform if you want to stay on top or go higher. For millennials, it’s called “adulting.”
I had the first hand experience of this while I was still in TeleTech. Sure it was fun just designing some ads at first, but you can’t progress if you don’t get your act together and take more responsibilities. That means planning well of time, attending meetings, proper image (no more baggy pants and shirts), and ensuring what you say is delivered.
And in preparation for this year’s leap to starting my own studio, I had to prepare for my emergency funds, and proper budgeting, even ensuring I will have projects when I go out. See, as you go up, you’ll have to think of more things, and act upon it.
Reminds me of someone who I look up to as a leader, a real risk taker, and someone who really knows what sacrifice is all about:
“but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names,” (Philippians 2:7-9)
Jesus knew what sacrifice is all about. Jesus surely knew that He will rise up after three days, He declared it, but the suffering part still was inevitable, and it was real as it could get. Knowing the fact that He will live again did not soften the other fact that He will have to suffer and die in an excruciating way first. He knew that He had to go through the cross first before He gets the crown.
We all love a triumphant story. That’s why we (most of us, not me), hated Lebron for crowning himself King before he had a ring. We all know it’s sweeter when we get things through trials. That’s how Jesus was too. And here’s a clincher too:
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Just imagine our leaders with that attitude of impartiality? How wonderful it would be if our leaders acted upon what is right and best for people first, even when the people do not see yet what’s good for them? Jesus’ example of love and leadership that shows grace even to His enemies–us to be exact.
I hope we always remember how Jesus stayed true to His word, and how He still keeps His Word, and how He showed us what true leadership is all about–sacrifice.