Quick quote from something I was reading yesterday…
“Every time an organisation ceases to change, it’s because a leader got in the way. Followers never stop an organisation from changing; leaders do”
(John C. Maxwell ‘Reflections on Model the Way’ in Kouzes, James M. and Posner, Barry Z. Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass p43)
Two instant reactions – how true…but what about followers who don’t want to change? Can’t they sabotage the momentum of change by boycotting or by using emotional leverage?
As a leader that’s a challenge to me to make sure that I never think that I must always be the source of change. Ideas can and will come from throughout the group, and as a leader I must always be willing to look out for (even discern) the right direction, along with the rest of the community/group.
Leadership must be willing to listen, to understand why change is at times necessary, that clinging onto the things of the past is not always helpful. I guess that sometimes when facing difficult situations sometimes it’s easier to say ‘things used to be better when we did x and y, so lets go back to that way of doing things’. From everything I’ve been reading, and also firsthand personal experience change is necessarily difficult – but we have to press on – especially if it is something God is leading us into.
Interesting quote though…