willing to endure

Not everyone will believe.

Leadership has everything to do with what a person believes. It is what is in your heart that is so attractive. Opening up and sharing what is close to your core will cause a response in others. It will cause some to be drawn and others to push away.

When people push away the temptation is to pull back. We want to be liked, approved of and accepted. Clarity though is divisive. It causes tension. When you get clear you create this imaginary line in the sand. On one side of the line are all those who believe. On the other side is all of those who do not.

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared his dream he created a line in the sand. When Mother Teresa described how she saw the poor she created a line in the sand. When Francis Hesselbein began to share the future of the Girl Scouts of America she drew a line in the sand. The unknown manager who decided work should be fulfilling for the 8 people who report to them–no matter how unhealthy the rest of the organization–and really care for them, created a line in the sand.

Leaders must be willing to endure the suffering that comes with clarity. While history shows that the resistance to a cause can push even to the point of death. Most of us only face smirks, sarcastic responses, cynicism, mild ridicule or apathy. Many of us can be quieted by only an eye roll and a smirk.

Not everyone will believe you. Are you willing to endure the suffering that leads to effectiveness?

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