"I hope he's satisfied now," said one of the team members who stayed — only because of a tough employment market in her field right now. "He proved he could have the last word on everything. He also cost us the biggest accounts our company has had for years and put the rest of us in an impossible situation for this year's bottom line. We're all looking for ways to get off this sinking ship."
Have you ever had to deal with a similar situation?
The unpleasant reality is that insecure and/or selfish people just don't make good leaders. Whether in business, family, or church situations, the rise of that woman or man to a position of authority means trouble for everybody in the bunch. The reason why seems obvious: Most people seem inclined to understand power in terms of the right to boss, browbeat, and bully others.
People with that deficient concept of leadership tend to put distance between themselves and their group. They worry a lot about "image." Most of them are big on intimidation tactics. So they are stingy with praise and generous with criticism. In their own words, they like to "keep people guessing" about what comes next. There tends to be a lot of turnover in businesses run that way, lots of divorce in families run that way, and lots of division in churches run that way.
A lot is being said these days about values-driven leadership, servant leadership, or spiritual economics. Whatever we call it, it is simply the modern re-discovery of the Golden Rule and the leadership style of Jesus. "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve ...." he said (Mark 10:45).
If you want to upgrade your environment, learn to use the power you wield for blessing instead of bossing. It is a strategy that honors both God and others.