Leadership and Good Manners: While it is true, most top-notch leaders are an arrogant group…totally in love with the mirror. They, more often than not, think the sun rises and sets in their corner office. And, sadly, for the most part… it does. But remember, this type of leader is only, and always, temporary. They’re like a bouncing ball.
Find me an exceptional Leader with “Good Manners,” and he/she would be a “true exception.” But, these types of leaders have a “place in the system.” There is a bunch we can learn from them. We can learn how they got where they are; how they’ve maintained their position; what are their skill-sets, and how did they use those skills to get where they are….on and on.
Here’s my point. I’ve learned “more” from the BIGGEST SOB’s in leadership roles, then I could ever learn from the “good mannered leader.” It’s our job to learn “all the good stuff,” and abandon the “bad stuff,” as it will only get you in trouble down the line. I’m telling you… find the most hateful, arrogant, spiteful, smug-of-a-guy…and you will LEARN more than you would have ever thought imaginable.
It’s no different that listening to a preacher-man. Some are good, some terrible, some wonderful, and some very talented. You can learn from all of them. A bad preacher probably know the bible just as good, if not better, than a good one. What we, that would be you and me, want to learn from all of the “sorts,” is everything they know…that advanced their career.
You only have to apply the “good-stuff.” Learn from their mistakes. Every time one of the “big leaders” FALL….be there to help lift them up; be there to learn from their short-comings, and learn from their strengths.
Moses was one of the “greatest leaders” of all time…yet he made a few mistakes, and we (you and me) get to learn from those mistakes. Ditto Sampson….he learned not to confide in the she-devil…and maybe…don’t let a woman cut your hair. Even we can learn from King David…wow…did he ever screw up. Yet he was God’s favorite….which gives us all hope. Throughout scripture, we learn from the mistakes of the biblical leaders.
It’s no different than today. You know… it depends on what the definition of “is” is. The biggest fall the hardest…time will prove it.
Let me share with you a few scriptures to guide you….to a promising leadership role.
1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
Titus 3:2 – To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.