Grace comes in first.
Power usually benefits, first and foremost, those who have it. Sure, their span of influence may be great big and wide, but their true, positive impact is usually limited to a select few who they deem worthy of receiving it. And that impact usually comes at a cost, as leaders obsessed with power (specifically their own power) have requirements for those looking to gain their favor.
Money has its benefits, and with it we can buy stuff. For all the things money can buy, there are a few important things money cannot buy, like true love, quality time, and pure, unadulterated happiness. Focusing on the money, all the money, and nothing but the money results in missing out on some of the best times, the deepest loves, and that elusive place where happiness really lives. It’s somewhere between Contentment and Patience, on the corner of Selflessness and Compassion.
But What About Grace?
Grace is synonymous with words like kindness, courtesy, elegance, poise, finesse, nimbleness, and attractiveness, among many, many other qualities. These are the qualities of a Leader worthy of following.
Grace not only comes in first, in the “race for making the most impact”, it also comes in the first place.
For example, before people in power or those with money were granted said power or money, the grace of someone else came first; and it was that grace which helped usher them into power and/or allowed them to have money.
The best part about grace is by definition, it’s free. When extended to others, the way it’s meant to be extended, there is no charge. It costs nothing, but grace always adds something – value, in one way, shape, form, or fashion – as it’s received on the other end.
Power and Money, they’re not always bad. It just depends on what Leaders choose to do with the power and/or money they accrue.
The Refreshing Leader, Rare but Beautiful
For example, isn’t it refreshing when Leaders use their power and money FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHER PEOPLE, as opposed to using people for their own power and money accumulation?
It’s rare, but when it happens, it’s a beautiful thing, and those are the people we follow, because their grace is far more attractive than their power, money, and all that tends to come along with it.
Who would you rather follow – Leaders obsessed with their own power or money? Or Leaders who make it about you? – your growth, your success, your forgiveness, and your feelings.
Better yet, who do you want to be?
Easy choice. Grace wins every time.
Share your comments and thoughts, as we continue to form this Ballgames To Boardrooms community. We’d be interested to hear about illustrations and examples of great leadership in your lives, and most importantly, what makes those great leaders GREAT.
Ballgames To Boardrooms: The Community is Growing, thanks to you! Thank you!
Also, please share this post and this website to your friends, family, colleagues, and even your own leaders if you find it valuable. I’ve added a new email subscription on the home page of BallgamesToBoardrooms.com, for anyone interested in receiving these posts, conveniently via email!
Stop by the home page here, to subscribe. I look forward to connecting!
It’s LIVE on Amazon.com!
You’ll be able to pre-order the print version on Amazon later this summer. Stay tuned.