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A leader is not a leader all the time

I love watching reality telivision shows where they form teams to compete against each other. It always seems like it comes down two things when the losing team is choosing who to eliminate, competency and likability.

Everyone wants to be the leader, but not everyone can be the leader at every moment. At times we see people try to rise to leadership because they feel they know what they are doing, and they might have a heart of a leader, but when it come to push and shove, they are not as competent as they think they are.

Their low competence leaves the leader unsure where to lead his team. He has a harder time seeing the big picture a comptetent leader would see. Because of the lack of direction, it leads to a lack of trust and people trying to take over because of the fear losing. Eventually the leader sees his team collapse in front of him, which leads to him being on the elimination table.

One of the challenges of being a leader is to know when not to lead. We are not called to lead every moment, because we are not fully competent at every situation. At times when we might not be knowledgable about situation, take the opportunity to help a young leader develop.