There are many things I love about life. Near the top are people I do life with in my inner circle. I cannot imagine how hard life and leadership would be without a handful of trusted friends.
We were not created to live in isolation, alone. We were created to live in community with others. To fellowship with others and do life with others. To have a relationship with the people we work with, go to church with, play ball with, scout with and those we live with.
Below is a great picture of this very concept. It’s called community. It is a picture of a group of fellow professional baseball scouts I work side by side with while scouting my area of Georgia and South Carolina. Yes, we are competitors, but more importantly, we are friends as well. We laugh, share stories about our families and kids, eat together, encourage and help one another in time of a physical, emotional or spiritual need.
Sadly, everywhere I go I meet leaders who feel lonely. I’m guessing, like me, you never want to feel that way. What good is achieving any level of success without someone to share it with?
As a leader the most important thing you have is your people. Please don’t neglect their worth. Make time for them, listen to their stories, value their opinions, and encourage their dreams. Always remember, people don’t leave organizations, they leave leaders.
Don’t be like the banana. The banana says “I only get skinned when I get away from the bunch.”
Always remember, it is people that really matter. Live in authentic community, and refuse to isolate yourself. If you do, your life will be full of authentic friends and your impact on others will someday out live you.
How important is it to you to live in authentic community with others?