Alfred Einstein said, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
Far too often, leadership deals with the bottom-line mentality. What we measure is important, but the value of influence, cultivating character development, or meditative prayer cannot be measured. Yet, they are life changing.
We may have multiplied thousands of dollars invested, but what is it really worth? We may have many people sitting in the pews, but are they spiritually mature? We may spend hours reading the Bible, but do we apply it properly?
Our leadership may not always be measured, but it should count for something.
We often develop relationships because we believe there is a payoff down the road. Samuel Johnson wrote, “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
Our leadership gains momentum if we learn to avoid favoritism, develop consistency, fairness, and the highest level of integrity.
Why is this important? Because God shows no partiality. He does not look at the color of our skin, nationality in our passport, age, gender, or the amount of physical prosperity. He simply examines the heart of each person. Do we?
Family Feud, a popular game show over the years, hosts the famous line, “Survey Says…”
Contestants work to provide answers to questions that are nearest the most popular answers given by people who were surveyed.
We may never participate in a game show like this, yet we need to constantly survey our lives. As we near the end of 2017, this evaluation is even more critical.
When we consider the nature of our influence within our homes, what would the survey say is the priority of our life?
When we examine our character on the job, what would the survey say about the quality of our work ethic?
When we look at our worldview, what would the survey say about the consistency of what we believe and practice?
When we take into account our outreach to others, what would the survey say about the “type” of people we seek to influence?
The list of questions could go on. We need to understand the value of surveying every area of life and measuring how we live by the example provided in Jesus.
Adhering to that standard supports positive survey results.
“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” J. K. Rowling
The study of leadership will always carry powerful principles and a bit of subjectivity when dealing with others. The various styles of leadership continue to find value depending on the setting, situation, individual, and the followers.
When looking for a way to measure the true success of someone’s leadership, Rowling’s thought provides us with at least one way to determine the strength of a leader.
We would all like to think that the conduct of a leader is the same with everyone, but in reality it is just not that way. Often, the treatment of others depends on factors such as agenda, character, purpose, worldview, and more.
Therefore, if we want to determine the type of leader we want to follow, or if we want to become the type of leader others want to follow, then begin with an examination of the way others are treated who might be considered inferiors. Here is where we see the true character of an individual.
Scripture speaks to the idea of measuring devices and the need for measuring. We also find references to the consequences of measuring ourselves by others.
As much as we may fight doing so, we are drawn to the competitive mindset of wondering or considering how well we do / did with the performance of someone else.
Students compare grades, employees compare paychecks, managers compare productivity, and the list goes on.
Leadership should never be about measuring our grade, paycheck, productivity, or anything else with others who are leading.
Instead, we need to find the right standard by which we measure ourselves, along with our goals, plans, and results. The standard referred to here is the example of Jesus and the word provided through the divinely guided work of the Holy Spirit.
When we evaluate who we are and what we do and measure it by the right standard, we find areas where constant improvement is needed.
These areas make up our attitude, character development, words, and actions. Aligning with the right standard increases the level of influence our leadership has in the lives of everyone around us.