I am sitting on the patio deck, in shade from the very hot sun, in Kelowna, British Columbia. I would have thought that it was too hot for anything or anyone to be doing “work”. However, I have watched a pair of birds going in and out of their nest, feeding their young.
The nest is located in a fir, protected by the needles from dogs and cats that may tempt their paws or mouths at an easy meal. The parents fastidiously fly to the nearby telephone wire, rest there and check that it is safe to go to the nest, before flying straight in between these fir needles to feed the chicks. As soon as the parent disappears from public view, the chicks make the most incredible chirps until the parent, having passed all the food it has, flies away again.
How does this relate to leaders and leadership? You may well ask…….
Our Leaders need protection!
Leaders, by the very definition of the word, will be “out front”. They need to be protected and looked after. Yes, they need to look out for themselves, but as a follower, a team member, a colleague, or disciple our job is also to look out for them. There have been several times when I have become aware of “dissention” in the ranks and it has become necessary for me to deal with the situation – to protect the leader. As a member of a leadership team, it is essential that I realise the need to look out for and protect the leader.
Our Leaders need our input – feeding!
Often, the followers will look to the leader for guidance or teaching. However, I have seen great leaders without answers! For me, a great leader, who has drawn a team around him, will often request input from them regarding how to progress a situation. The leader needs other people’s response – their feeding. Without this, the leader will soon dry up. So there is a responsibility within a leadership team to share, encourage, strengthen and “feed” for growth and development.
How do you protect and “feed” your leader?
If you are a leader, do you receive protection and feeding from your followers?
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