Here’s the most insightful leadership truth I’ve heard in a long time:
“In some people leadership is more than dead, it is non-existent. You see, those who lead for their personal status, wealth or ego have no true influence in the lives of others. They may have authority, but people are not following them with loyalty or respect. Leadership is dead in these types of people.”
It was said by Jeremie Kubicek, in an online interview with Tony Morgan. Jeremie is author of “Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It” and CEO of GiANT IMPACT, a leadership development organization who owns Catalyst and puts on the Chick-fil-A Leadercast event. In other words, they’ve got a pretty strong track record.
Here’s another good one:
“Leadership is power. You can choose to empower or overpower others. An empowering leader is a liberator who wants the best for other people. An overpowering leader is a dominator who wants people to do things for the leaders interest.”
I’ve known Jeremie since college. He’s always been someone I’ve admired, respected, and looked up to. Not as the typical CEO type guy, but I remember Jeremie as the solid, genuine, caring guy whose faith was obvious. Jeremie is a guy who lives what he writes.
With endorsements from people like Seth Godin, Matthew Kelly, and Scott Klososky, obviously his “grown up” peers agree.
If you’re a church leader, please read this book.