Leadership isn’t telling people what to do. Being in charge isn’t giving orders. Being the owner isn’t about bossing other people around. 

If you see your position as only permission to direct those around you, then your leadership is tyranny.  Evil tyrants torture their minions. But organizational tyrants wield power to bark commands and then give “critical feedback” on the results.  

On the other hand, wise leaders not only participate in identifying problems and solutions, but they also help get the job done. 

Is your leadership limited to meetings where you get status reports on the last round of orders you gave?

Does your team see you as only accountability for their tasks rather than an enthusiastic participant in their execution?

Do you enjoy the privilege of your title but distance and delegate to avoid the responsibility of your position?

No amount of wisdom can compare to the leader who grabs a hammer and some nails and builds the walls with his team. 

Certainly, leaders are often chosen for a certain intellectual capacity to solve problems, strategize for the future, and technical expertise. But when you prefer the glitz of your crown to getting dirt on your boots, your leadership is short-lived and ineffectual.  

The wise king warned about the temptation to choose the crown over doing the hard work. “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?” (Proverbs 27:23-24)
 
Your leadership will be exponentially impactful when you expand your contribution beyond knowledge and hours. If that seems difficult, remember the upside down business idea: Wise leaders embrace the responsibility, not just the privilege, of their role.   
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