It is Lonely on Top

Posted: March 9, 2018 in inspiration, Love, Motivation

Man on top of mountain. Element of design.

 

“To add value to others, one must first value others.” –John Maxwell

True to the words of John Maxwell, anyone who wishes to lead has to know not only how to provide worth for people but also to see the worth of every people. Anyone who stands as a leader can only succeed if he/she acknowledges that in the vastness of his/her periphery every single person has value owned and value to offer.

We sometimes envy leaders. They get to demand what has to be done, steer the rudder of the organization to which direction it must go, decides who goes and who stays, and makes some bad ass decisions of the day. We sometimes fear their presence. And in their affable environment, we yearn for the moment and ask the stars, what it’s like to be sitting in their chairs.

If there is one thing I know about leading people, it is the bitter truth that up there is a very lonely place. People may look up to you and revere you for all the innovations you have done but when your duty calls for the hardest decisions of the day, questions will flick around like some nasty mucous from someone else’s fingers. Some questions are smeared with malice and depravity both blatant and sordid inadvertent of the imminent prospective demise of the reputation you have built and established.

This is the sad truth every leader must learn to face and conquer. The long and winding abyss of this dismal truth has to be won over with an unfazed heart. It is not for the fainthearted because being on top could be both cold and lonely. Thus if you really want to lead people, then be ready to be alone.

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