The philosophy of leadership has been written about almost since the beginning of recorded history. I am always amazed at how the basics of leadership are the same today as they were centuries ago.
In his book The Conviction to Lead, Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr. compares leaders to teachers. He describes the philosophy of the fifth century African Bishop, Augustine. Two of the basics taught by Augustine are: 1) the teacher loves the one he teaches and 2) the teacher loves what he teaches. He said that the goal of teaching is to see every student instructed, delighted, and moved.
Mohler goes on to demonstrate how leaders are teachers, “Leadership happens when followers develop nothing less than delight in knowing the convictions that shape the organization, seeing themselves as a part of the organization’s story, and finding themselves in its narrative.”
“Leaders want to see every member of the organization learn what must be done, and why. Leaders are not satisfied until every individual understands the mission, embraces it, and brings others into it” Says Mohler.
Take a close look at your team. Do the people you count on to lead believe they can shape the organization and be the author of part of its story? Do your leaders understand the organization’s story (mission) and how they fit into it? Are they telling the story so that others see themselves woven into the fabric of the organization?
If not, or you are not sure, it may be time to revisit your story and write it in such a way that everyone on the team has an important part in the narrative.