leaders make others better

By August 23, 2013Leadership

A few days, I was having a conversation with our youngest daughter about her volleyball team.  She had signed up to play for her school and was assigned to a team.  She wasn’t too happy; she didn’t think they were all that good.

Not knowing if that were true or not — and not wanting to argue — I simply asked her this question: “What are you going to do to make them better?”  To which I added, “That’s what leaders do.”

It’s true.  Leaders exist to help other people improve.

A leader looks at a situation and asks, “What can I do to make this better?”

A whiner looks at the same difficult situation and complains, “Why do I have to deal with this?”

A blamer looks at the same problem and says, “Whose fault is this?”

A person in denial wonders, “What is everyone so upset about?”

I was trying to help my daughter understand a very basic principle: you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.  Active or passive, positive or negative, you are still a contributor.  The question is: What are you choosing to contribute?

If God has placed you in a position of leadership, no matter what it is, then make the people around you better.  That’s what leaders do.