A funny story with a point

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This is a story from Bill Hybels about what can happen when leaders want others to be impressed,

“a newly promoted colonel had moved into a recently built makeshift office during the Gulf War. He had just arrived and was just getting things organized when out of the corner of his eyes, he saw a private coming his way, carrying a tool box.
Wanting to seem important, he quickly spun around and picked up his phone, “yes, General Schwarzkopf, yes, yes,  of course, I think that’s an excellent plan”, he said, “you’ve got my support on it. Thanks for checking with me. let’s touch base again, soon, Norm. Goodbye”.   And he briskly hung up and turned around.
“And what can I do for you?” he asked the private.

“I’m here to fix your phone” the private said.”

excerpt taken from John Maxwell’s “The 5 Levels of Leadership”

Not only is juggling all the areas of responsiblity such a hard thing to do at times, but what sense does it practically make to add to your already tough load, the added weight of pretending to be someone you are not.

Live or die with being just you. Push yourself to develop to be the best you that you can, but the truth is, you do have limitations. . Strive to make the changes in yourself where you can, but beyond that, others will just have to accept you for who you are.

Are you okay with that?

 

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