Leadership can be a lonely place. Ask any coach, politician, principal, president, pastor or parent. Leadership is a roller coaster of highs and lows…love and hate.
Jesus Christ is the model of non-wavering servant leadership, and He suffered second guessing, doubt, denial and betrayal from those closest to Him.
As sincere as we try to be, people are fickle. Jesus attested to this early in His earthly ministry after His first miracle…
John 2:23-25 (NKJV)
23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the (A)signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He (B)knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for (C)He knew what was in man.
People who support you can suddenly become your worst enemy.
Of course when you make horrible decisions people will come for you.
However, every dedicated leader reading this knows that when you make the toughest, most difficult decisions that make life uncomfortable and require sacrifice…people will plot against you.
But wait! When you make great decisions that people love, SOMEONE is always going to get jealous of your great leadership. Someone will always get pissed off at you doing the right thing?
During my years as a corporate marketing manager before becoming a teacher, I realized that even when an advertising agency is doing a stellar job for a client, companies sometimes get rid of them simply because they want to try something new.
So, it really doesn’t matter, whether you’re an exceptional leader or horrible a horrible one, someone will murmur, scheme or plot against you.
Why? Because if it happened to Jesus, it will happen to us. The fact is that it’s only fair that we share in what He endured…
1 Peter 4:13 (NKJV)
13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
So, don’t be surprised.
Approach every single day with focus, integrity, passion and courage.