As Leaders…. We endure “slaps in the face” every day. It simply comes with the turf. In my experience…I’ve found… for some reason, for which I’ve never discovered…. some people are “just jealous.” You find them within the company, in the form of co-works, subordinates, and even management, sometimes even, the “guy that hired you.” The “boss” will be jealous because he was not able to “do the job himself.” Crazy? Sure.
Then you find the “jealous one” who is outside the company. He’s the banker, the supplier, the CPA, and even the Corporate Attorney. I’ve seen them all. They resent that “you’re the one getting the BIG BUCKS.” They, too often, will “get in the way,” of progress. They will impede your efforts to “get the job done.” I’m VERY FAMILIAR with all of these scenarios. Even, I might add, as a company owner. The Bankers particularly were prone to be jealous, and the Attorneys were in line right behind them. There reason, I think, is they feel as though they are “loaning you THEIR money,” and you’re making big profits off of THEM personally. I’ve even had several bankers deny me credit for their “personal agenda.” I had to “go over their head” to get them straightened out. But those were the “old days.” Banks don’t loan money any more …on one’s signature.
I might direct you to 1 Peter 3:13-17 for a bit of direction on this matter. “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
My point here, is there’s always going to be an “obstacle” in your way as a Leader. We have a CHOICE as to “how to handle” the obstacle. Sometimes, it will take a “heavy hand” to handle it; other times, just a “simple kind word.” As Leaders, we MUST be TOUGH, but also kind, and respectful. A good Leader will know the prober mix.…