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Leading in Difficult Times
“…But whoever wants to be great among you, let him care for you. Whoever wants to be first among you, let him be your servant. For the Son of Man came not to be cared for. He came to care for others.” ~Matthew 20:26-28 (NLV)
Leaders in many situations command recognition and special treatment. Think for a minute if the President of the United States (past or present) were to come visit your office, I am sure you would make sure your office was spic and span, that you had on your best outfit and had rehearsed exactly what you were going to say. It is often like that with those who are leaders—they get the best treatment, usually VIP treatment as people stand in awe of them. Often, whether they expect it or not, great leaders are given special treatment and special exceptions. As a result, they often do come to expect it.
And, unfortunately, as we are discovering in the midst of the “Great American Quarantine,” (my terms—nothing official), leaders must step up, putting aside their personal needs and desires to ensure the needs of others are being met. Leaders are being called on to encourage those they serve when they are unsure themselves. They are being called on to make decisions, often without all the information needed to make an informed decision. Without a doubt, times are tough.