“If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else?”John C. Maxwell
Will you to take a stand for what you believe?
Most leaders won’t!
I have worked with leaders from CEOs down to the lowest and newest leaders within many types of organizations. With this experience, I can honestly say that many are unwilling to stand up for what they believe. Instead, they will sprinkle pleasant words and act in ways that politically skirt around the issues.
Why people are unwilling to stand for what they believe
In one of my jobs, I remember having a conversation with my CEO and discussing the need for consistently following our new hire requirements regardless of the person’s position. He tended to hire people without going through the full hiring and offer process. He felt he was in a place to do what he wanted when he wanted, and the rules, policies, and procedures did not apply to him.
I held him accountable because it was the right thing to do. He reprimanded me because the policies and procedures went against his beliefs.
Most people would have let it go because he is the CEO. Well, my leadership beliefs align with Collin Powell.
” Sometimes being a leader means pissing people off!“Collin Powell
To stand up for what you believe and what is right will sometimes result in making someone mad. But I say you are a strong leader!
Taking a stand hurts
I see this all the time on social media. People scream at those who oppose their beliefs or have different opinions. We see the protests and everything that goes on politically.
I just saw an Instagram post of someone I’m following that was kicked off a flight because of the shirt he was wearing. The male flight attendant said, “he felt threatened” because of the American flag on his hat and the shirt with a bible verse. He stood up for what the believes but paid the price.
People are willing to hurt others to make themselves feel better and have a stronger position. They’re eager to take down people who don’t align with their thoughts and beliefs.
True leaders have to take a stand for what they believe
You have to be willing to be hurt, tell the truth, share their message, and live a life that is true to who they are. Be prepared to be hurt. That’s the only way you can lead.