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Apr

Leadership: Doing What is Required

Posted on April 19th, 2013

“Sometimes our best is not enough. We have to do what is required.” Winston Churchill Bob Biehl quoted these words to me after listening to my complaint about the detailed, administrative, technical chores that were before me as a leader. I wanted to write, create, preach and train. Hadn’t I been doing these things for the last 26 years? James March, a former professor on international management at Stanford University, says there are two essential dimensions of leadership: plumbing and poetry. Plumbing refers to the management, i.e. things like fixing the faucet in the bathroom, that are repetitive and often unpleasant. Poetry is the imagination and innovation, the art that most people call ‘leadership.’ “No organizations work if the toilets don’t work,” March argues. Yes, we want to be faithful to our God-given life. At the same time, leadership is servanthood. There are no exemptions from that. “Sometimes our best is not enough. We have to do what is required.” Winston Churchill ———————— For further reading, see chapter 4 of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, “Know Yourself that You May Know God,” Resilient Ministry, (Burns, Chapman and Guthrie, chapters 13 and 14) and a podcast we recently did on differentiation.

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