Matthew 20:25-27 “But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.26It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; Why do some people need to be in charge?” It’s impossible to say what motivates them. Having had some experience in leadership, I can tell you my motivations. I wanted to make a difference, to be a better leader than some of those I had the displeasure of following in the past and to help others. I feel a little bad for saying that I like having authority to make decisions.”
Why do people seek leadership positions? What is it within us that makes some want to be in charge? Since I am in a leadership position, I can tell you my motivations. I want to make a difference, to be a better leader than some I had the displeasure of following in the past and to help others. There is great satisfaction in those times when I have made decisions that saved my company thousands of dollars, put needed policies in place, facilitated large projects and helped people do their jobs better. Yet, with the power to do all these things, I realize the need to use my power with humility and cheerfullness. I admit there are times when I allow the stress of large projects make me grumpy and short with people. When I come to my senses, I realize once again that I have been given authority to serve others. In fact, I am convinced that the higher up we go in position, the more responsible we are to serve in a greater capacity.
When those who are given authority are constantly negative, bossy, or tyranical, they fail. No matter how great our knowledge or talents, if we don’t lead with humility and kindness we fail to be effective leaders. So, when leadership opportunities come your way, don’t shy away from them. But, search your heart as to why you want the position. Do you just want to be in charge? Or, do you want to serve in a greater capacity. You will find much greater success if your motivation is to serve. The power is within each of us to create negativity around us, or to have a positive impact on our workplaces and the people around us.
Lead with humility, service and grace.