Many people have a distorted perspective of strength and leadership. Unfortunately, some equate being hard, unyielding, and difficult to strong leadership and assertiveness. In fact, many of the attributes that define God’s spirit and character are considered by many to be weakness…
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
James 3:17 (NKJV)
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Oftentimes, leaders will pride themselves on being ‘NO-NONSENSE’ making assertions such as…
“People know better than to come to me with foolishness!”
“I can’t stand and will not tolerate incompetence!”
“Your emergency isn’t my problem!”
Many even brag that, “My people don’t like me!”
The truth is that every NO-NONSENSE leader is sometimes guilty of NONSENSE themselves.
They too need compassion.
They too need grace.
An unapproachable leader limits his or her ability to lead if people are afraid to come to them with mistakes or problems trying to avoid ‘their wrath’.
Limits are placed on leadership when people are afraid to tell the truth.
When people are afraid to come to you with their mistakes, they hide problems and even protect themselves with lies…setting up a ‘time bomb’ that will definitely explode in the future.
An unapproachable leader is the main ingredient in the recipe for a toxic culture, denying himself or herself of vital information because people don’t feel comfortable being honest about what they’ve done or how they feel.
Real servant leadership isn’t about daily feeding one’s ego and reputation, but making those whom you serve feel comfortable enough to come to you with their NONSENSE.
From president to principle to pastor to parent…it makes no sense to be no-nonsense.