It’s Friday and I am tired. How about you? Of course there are two kinds of tired-good tired and bad tired. Good tired as a leader is when you know that you have given yourself to those things that truly matter. You have fulfilled your purpose as a person and a leader by influencing others toward a worthwhile cause. You have acted primarily out of who you are and those around you have benefitted. There is also bad tired-where you look back on the week and wonder what was truly accomplished. You were busy, very busy-but to what end? Urgency pushed out important and necessary to the point of weariness.
Over the years I have arrived at a couple of leadership maxims that have proven quite helpful to me as I lead week to week. I’m sure that the seedbed of these principles is not original-but I have made them my own. The first is this: To lead something that is simple is to lead something that is insignificant. In other words, anything that is truly worthy of our leadership lives will involve complexity-often great complexity. And this leads us to the second maxim: The key to complexity is not simplicity-but focus. Often we spend too much time trying to make things simple. There are aspects of our efforts where we should aim for simple. But overall, simplicity can’t be the goal-effectiveness and impact have to drive what we are about-if it is truly a worthwhile cause that we are leading. Therefore it will be complex and it will require great focus to leverage the right decisions and actions needed to move things ahead in the face of constant adversity. My worldview informs me that the things that are eternal are what truly matter-and the God of the universe determines what is eternal.
If you can look back this week and recognize the footsteps that moved you towards a more significant and worthwhile future-and you were able to bless others along the way-celebrate!