Leaders carry a certain amount of weight on their shoulders. The weight they feel depends on the size and degree of what they are leading. Someone with a small amount of influence will feel the weight of leadership less than someone who has gained a larger capacity of influence. Below are two weights a leader will have to bear no matter who they are leading:
A leader has the weight of final responsibility. It’s easy to take responsibility when everything is going well and the team or organization is seeing success. However, it’s a different story when the team or organization is not producing the desired and necessary goals. We can try and blame other people, the economy, or outside circumstances but the final finger should point toward the leader.
The purpose and task of leadership is to move the people and organization toward a better future and desired results. This means even through times of turbulence or failure leaders must take ownership of what’s going on and then make the necessary changes so the people and organization will be moving forward. This can be a heavy weight on a leaders shoulder, but that’s the price of leadership.
The demand of leadership can also bear heavily on leader’s shoulders. This is because leading requires energy, effort, and time. Leadership takes and demands a lot. Effective leadership demands:
- Investing yourself to train and equip those around you.
- Being a constant example of someone who is firmly founded and lives on character and integrity.
- Taking time to connect, serve, and build relationships with the people you’re leading.
- Being the catalyst for change and consistently producing the desired results.
Leadership can be demanding however the work and effort can really pay off when you see people positively impacted and moving toward a better and desirable future.
Questions: What are some other weights of leadership? Are you successfully bearing the weight of leadership?