Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Perspective

I don’t claim to be an expert on anything, especially in the area of leadership, but I have learned a few things along the way, some of them in the last two months. Here’s what I’m finding. Depending on who or what you read, you will find exhaustive work has been done on the subject of leadership and which qualities are required to be a good leader. It won’t take long to peruse the shelves of a Barnes & Noble or public library and find a book or research study out there to support your belief in charisma or vision or dedication as the most important leadership quality. But there is one quality I would vote as number one today. For any leader, perspective is indispensable. Take this simple drawing for example.
You likely learned about this drawing in grade school art class, when you were taught how to draw a horizontal line a third of the way down the page followed by two angled lines down from the center of that line, creating the basis for drawing a road toward the horizon. Your teacher referred to this as perspective. Perspective is a means of seeing, even though the picture may not be complete yet.
It’s the reason you are a leader. You are drawing the picture. Your people need you to keep reminding them that they are not looking at a stickman without a head, or a tall teeter totter or a letter K lying on its side. They need you to keep saying, “It’s a road.” To do this, you as the leader must keep yourself convinced that it’s a road.
It’s easy to lose perspective as a leader. Fatigue, conflict, and even success can cloud the mind and distort the original picture. Charisma and personality are fine qualities, but a charismatic personality without perspective is destined to be an ineffective leader.

2 comments:

Carl Grizovic Jr. said...

Growing up, when I did not feel like doing something, my dad would always say, "It'll give you perspective." I find myself saying the same thing to others in my life now.

I could not agree with you more. I am very thankful for the plentiful examples for us in the Word that reveal God's people had perspective. I cannot help but think of Nehemiah as he travels 800 miles from Babylon to Jerusalem and he surveyed the land BEFORE making any of his forthcoming plans known to anyone [2:11-16]

bloodrose61 said...

Thanks for your words of encouragement, Watchman. I am listening.