Legendary American football coach Bear Bryant used to say, ‘I’m just a plough-hand from Arkansas, but I’ve learned to hold a team together, how to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat together.
There are just three things I’d ever say: If something goes bad, I did it. If it goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it.’
How will you know you have the gift of ‘leadership’? Because you’ll know where God you want to go, and be able to show others the value of going with you. There are many talented people who never become effective leaders.
Why? Because they’re more interested in themselves than in those they lead.
What’s interesting, however, is once they go through the school of hard knocks, they become sensitised to other people’s needs.
But good leaders don’t wait for that to happen. They realise that ideas are a dime a dozen, but people who can implement them are priceless.
When you have the gift of leadership, you’ll also be approachable. You won’t fly off the handle, you won’t let minor problems poison your outlook, and you’ll sandwich every slice of criticism between two layers of praise.
There are people who knock the heart out of you, and people who put it back in.
Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.’