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Don’t Be A Fool

April 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

Today is April Fools’ Day. It’s a day full of pranks, silly gags, and tricks to make people look foolish.

This day can be a lot of fun. It can also cause a lot of grief.

But I don’t want to focus on April Fools tricks. Instead, I want to focus on ways leaders are foolish and how we can stop that.

Here's how to avoid being a foolish leader

How Leaders Look Foolish

My heart breaks when I see leaders act foolishly. Not only do they hurt themselves. They hurt their teams.

The frustrating thing here is that leaders can do foolish things without realizing it.

They’re fools. No, wait… We’re fools as we all do these things.

So, what can a leader do to look foolish?

A leader looks foolish when he tries to act like he knows it all: Come on guys… No one out there knows everything. It’s just not possible.

Many years ago, Pam and I did something that seemed strange to many people. This even seemed strange to me.

We got rid of our microwave.

Microwave leadership is bad

I know most people rely on their microwaves for a quick meal. They toss in leftovers or pop in a hot pocket and wait 2-3 minutes for their meal to be done.

We can’t do that at our house anymore. We have to warm up the oven or heat the stove burner.

We then have to wait until the food is warmed up or cooked.

This takes much longer than using the microwave. The cooking/heating time can be 5 to 10 times longer than using the quick way.

You Can’t Microwave Leadership

I’ve run across people who want to microwave themselves to leadership. They want it quick and easy.

These so-called leaders want:

There are leaders who lead by title only.

You know the ones. They push forward through threats of intimidation and power grabs.

No one really likes them. Yet they continue to work for them because of fear.

titles are unimportant, this is

Title Means Nothing

People have had titles bestowed upon them for ages. Sometimes they’re right to give the title. Other times they’re not.

They give a title so someone who’s looking for power or wealth. This person feels entitled and abuses the title.

So much so, others see through the veneer. And they begin to revolt.

These followers might not tell the leader by title only their thoughts. Rather they may:

Stop working hard

Begin talking behind the leadership’s back

Look for new work

Plot to overthrow the current leader

We can all rule by title. We can’t lead by title alone, though.

The last 4 years have seen me attempting to conquer a major fear of mine: Heights… Yeah, the man who has jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet and climbs frozen waterfalls is petrified by heights.

That’s one of the reasons for my many crazy adventures. Especially ice climbing along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

leadership lessons learned from ice climbing

Through these climbs, I’ve seen many leadership principles carried out. And I want to share them with you today.

Leadership Lessons From Ice Climbing

1. Offer encouragement: Four years ago, I was a newbie to the ice climbing world. All I’d ever seen were pictures and videos of other ice climbers.

While it looked awe-inspiring, it also looked dangerous and scary. Especially for someone scared of heights.

This year, we had 5 new climbers on our trip and I was reminded of this.

I’m so excited to bring you today’s interview. Back in October, I had the pleasure of meeting the host of Gospel Driven Entrepreneur, P.J. Simmons.

I’d been listening to his podcast in which he interviews entrepreneurs who are men and women of faith. The discussions are deep and engaging.

PJ Simmons discusses faith and leadership

After meeting P.J., I knew I had to take some time and go deep with him. That’s where this interview comes from.

P.J. Simmons is the host of Gospel Driven Entrepreneurs. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He loves his church and discovering the heart of entrepreneurs.

Without further ado, here’s the interview:

Show Notes

Who is P.J. Simmons?

Recently got engaged. He leads another non-profit called Medici Project. He’s moving into Gospel Driven Entrepreneur full-time.

How did P.J. Simmons and I meet?