Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Trading the Vision for Success.
If the primary aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. - Thomas Aquinas
I keep seeing that the greatest enemy to true leadership is to achieve some success pursuing the vision. Once some success has been achieved the stakes are indeed raised. There is now a choice between continuing to move forward or to stop and guard. True leaders do take into account the added responsibility they now have to care for the success achieved but they also remain committed to leading forward. That is leadership. To decide to stop and guard the 'success' means decay, appathy and ultimately to loose both the vision you started with and the success you stopped to protect.
Jesus challenged His church about this very issue in Revelation 3. Have you traded pursuing the vision for a success achieved on the way? Beware it is pure folly and unless you return to the vision you risk loosing everything.