My sailing partner (Ira Davies) is a fantastic businessman and leader of people. When we are together on the sailboat, he calls me “Admiral” and I call him “Captain”. Sometimes we slip into informalities with each other and use “Skipper”…but the truth is we are both leaders and we have to work together to accomplish our mission (to sail across the lake and back without embarrassing ourselves).
There are leaders throughout 12Stone Church where I work. We have business, educational, and civic leaders who attend and serve here. We have incredible pastors who oversee various ministries…an executive staff second to none…and major influencers throughout the organization.
Perhaps the hardest thing I do is to lead in the midst of all these other leaders. Why? Because I am tempted by thoughts like:
- They know more about (this project) than I do
- They can lead (this project) faster and further than I can
- I know more about (this project) than they do
- I can lead (this project) faster and further than they can
The truth is that we have to work together under mutual and voluntary submission. I need to yield to the expertise of these other leaders…while not forfeiting my own contribution to the project. This requires the courage to contribute whenever possible, to yield whenever appropriate, and to engage in productive conflict when the project excellence is threatened.
This isn’t easy…it is arguably the hardest part of leadership. Are you committed to mutual voluntary submission with the leaders in your organization?
Thanks for listening.