…from its leaders.
It sounds like an absurd statement. Why would anyone think its their “job” to protect their company (or other organization) from its leaders? But they do.
A long time ago, I had a friend who was invited to serve on the Board of Elders at our local church. He declined, saying that serving in that position would impair his ability to “hold the pastor accountable.” He told me it was his job to “protect the church from its senior pastor” and he could not do that as a leader in the church.
Hogwash. Who made that his responsibility? God? I doubt it. God is fully able to hold leaders accountable for their actions. After all, God is the one who places all leaders in their positions of authority (Romans 13:1). Before you step into the role of holding your leaders accountable, remind yourself:
- Authority flows downward from God to the senior leader and flows from them through the rest of the organization
- I have no authority to hold those above me accountable, except for:
- My vote – as a stockholder, citizen, or church member
- My voice – as a person responsible to speak the truth
It seems far more likely that God will hold me accountable for how well I submit to the authority above me…than how well I hold them accountable for their leadership!
Side thought: If I use my vote or my voice to stand against the authorities, then I should be alert to my own hypocrisy. How can I take a paycheck with integrity from an organization if I do not embrace and submit to the leaders above me?
Thanks for listening.