One of the most frustrating challenges in relationships is reflected in a statement by Colin Powell, “You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.”
The challenge is even more complicated from a leadership perspective. On one hand, it would be easy to make someone else’s choices for them. After all, a leader is supposed to have the answers, right?
On the other hand, if leaders were making decisions for others, others would be positioned to make choices for the leader.
When leaders made choices for others the potential of resentment exists.
When leaders make choices for others, a certain expectation can be created.
Making choices for others can also lead to an unhealthy dependency.
Leading is about relationships and leading others involves helping them make the right choices, not making those choices for them.
Leadership has the potential of influencing others for a greater purpose. Let us always lead with the desire to help others see the choice of heaven.