LEADERSHIP: Do you want to be a ‘good leader?’ Good leaders are only as good as those that they surround themselves with. You remember the old computer cliché’s …garbage in…garbage out. Well, the same holds true for leadership. Bad produces…BAD, and Good produces…GOOD. Or… At least… the odds are much, much better.
If you surround “your leadership dominion” with ineptness…average people… loose cannons …cheats… liars, and lazy people, then that is the type leadership you’ll have. Your leadership will FAIL. The idea of every leader being able to pull off the “The Dirty Dozen” scenario is beyond reality. That’s only in the movies, and in the ‘real life’…only one in a thousand.
Generally, any type of leader (good or bad) will ‘get what they pay for.’ If they hire the ‘left-overs’… then, they’ll get very poor returns on their leadership. If they ‘buy the best’ (or close(r) to it), then you will get ‘high-returns’ on your leadership.
By definition… a ‘good leader’ will hire good people. A good leader cannot ‘train everybody.’ Just because a particular leader might be, or considered to be, a GOOD LEADER, does not mean he can remain a good leader. If one does not have ‘competent’ followers, then his leadership is going ‘no-where.’
A good leader is only as good as his followers.
To me, one of the most ‘striking examples’ of GOOD LEADERSHIP, is when the Pharaoh summoned Joseph from prison to interpret his dream…as Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and says further…in Genesis 41: 34 – Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine. This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
Is this not the ‘most powerful’ example of a ‘good leader,’ ….choosing someone that is so discerning and wise? Joseph followed the interpretation that ‘God had given him’ and saved Egypt, and surround lands…from starvation.
The bottom line: Hire the best you can, pay the most you can…and you will become a very successful leader with the best results.