Reward-centered leadership vs responsibility-centered leadership Pt. 1/3
Why should I care about the why?
“A father who maintains the belief that being a parent should be convenient and fun is going to have a hard time embracing the concept of spending a lot of time with his children or attending their activities. As long as he maintains the notion that dads shouldn’t have to frequently sacrifice their own interests for the needs of their kids, then the most you can expect from him is begrudging compliance when it comes to an occasional game of Chutes and Ladders…” (p132)
Will, why should I care about the motive of leadership? I’m not in charge of a large corporation, or even a small business for that matter. No, you’re probably not. But you’ve have friends don’t you? You may even have a close family unit you’re apart of. Maybe you’re a parent or grandparent. You live in a community. You probably have some responsibility at your job (and if you do that job well at all, I’m sure you’ve gained a little bit of influence, which is all that leadership is if you’re to believe the father of all leadership: John Maxwell). All of these positions require a some type of leadership.
Okay, let’s say you don’t have friends, your family has passed away, you live in the boonies and you don’t have a job. Are you then free of leadership? Even then you’re not free. For you still have yourself to lead, which many would agree that is the toughest person to lead! I can’t get that guy to do anything! All he wants to do is eat junk food and watch Netflix!
The question is, what are you going to do with the power, position and influence you’ve been given? For the young adult who is on their own for their first time, they now have a choice. Do they stick to a regiment schedule, get a good paying job and keep their apartment clean? Or do they binge their favorite TV show till 2:30 in the morning, at which point, they make themselves some raman and pizza pockets only to fall asleep till they wake up mid afternoon the next day? Okay, maybe I’m projecting and there’s a great many places one can fall in-between those two scenarios, but one is definitely reward-centered leadership and the other is responsibility-centered leadership (As Patrick Lencioni will discuss more next week). I can definitely tell you which scenario sounds more fun for me and we don’t get a choice whether or not we grow older. We do, however, get the chance to ‘grow up’.
As you explore the leadership roles in your own life, you may experience the disorienting effect of hindsight. Maybe you took on leadership roles for one reason and now you realize you’ve made a poor decision. But we have to look at our motives and rearrange them so we have the right ‘why’ so we can be the best leader possible moving forward.
- Did you get married because you thought this person would fulfill all your hopes and dreams? OR did you get married to work everyday to create an environment that your spouse could flourish in?
- Did you pursue the CEO position because you would finally get the recognition you finally deserve? OR did you do so to work long days, have hard conversations to make the business the best it could be?
- Did you become a parent because you thought having kids would be fun? OR did you do it so you could sacrifice your resources, time and energy so you could train up a child to be the best man or woman they could possible be?
- Did you become a Christian because you thought God would give you all of your heart’s desires? OR did you become a Christian so you could pick up your cross and follow Jesus because He gave up His life for you?
What was your motive? Was it reward-centered? Or was it responsibility-centered?
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