The “Greater Good” Leader


By J. William DeMarco

Over the years I have come to recognize there are really two basic types of leaders. Those that are about “personal power” and those that are motivated by the “greater good.” Of course, we are all human…and probably slide on the scale of personal power and greater good more than we care to recognize–but when those oscillations stop….where do you land?

In that light, I came across some J. Maxwell thoughts during my morning reading… and there’s indeed a difference between stepping forward to accept responsibility of leadership and stepping forward to put yourself into the spotlight for the benefit of self promotion.

The road to “greater good” leadership comes though service. Leaders may find themselves in the spotlight, but they also take the heat that often comes with that place of prominence. They speak up for the sake of the mission but they are also willing to remain silent when it serves the organization. And at any moment, they must be willing to make all kinds of sacrifices for the sake of their people.

When you have the privilege to lead–please serve well… and remember…you cannot force yourself into a position God does no want you to have, nor will you miss the opportunity to serve where God desires you to be.

Don’t work yourself into the spotlight;
don’t push your way into the place of prominence.
It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor
than face humiliation by being demoted.

Proverbs 25:6-7
The Message (MSG)

13 Replies to “The “Greater Good” Leader”

  1. I recently spent some time in Colombia working with their Rescatistas (think PJs) and I saw this exact concept in action. They had a Major that adeptly navigated the balance of command and support. He was the first to arrive, last to leave, and not afraid to get his hands dirty. He demanded respect but would literally give his live for every single one of his guys… a trait I seek to emulate.

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