I bought a bread mix the other day at the grocery store. I thought it would be fun to make my wife a fresh-baked loaf of bread. I read the label. All you have to do is put the mix into the bread machine, add warm water and turn on the machine. I can do that.
I don’t know exactly how bread machines work. I don’t know how the mix works. I do know it uses yeast. The yeast is added and has to be given time to work. Somehow the yeast permeates the whole lump of dough and causes it to rise. I’m not sure how that works. It was explained to me one time that without yeast, the loaf of bread would be a brick. The yeast makes it light and fluffy and causes all the little holes that make the bread a loaf and not a door stop.
Great leadership is like yeast. First, it takes time. Leaders rarely just become good leaders, especially the great ones. It takes time to rise – time to build experience and potential into a working team. Time is needed to learn how to take advantage of the leadership opportunities when presented. But once a leader rises, she/he also causes everything around them – especially people – to rise as well.
Unleavened bread is not just bread without yeast. To make bread without yeast you have to do some things differently. If you make a loaf of unleavened bread by just leaving out the yeast, you’ll come up with a brick. I learned it the hard way.
Good leaders will rise and cause everyone around them to rise. If a leader isn’t like yeast, his leadership will be a brick and cause others to be weighed down. Here’s a good test for leadership; are you growing and causing everyone around you to grow as well?
Points to Ponder —
When was the last time you read a book or took a class specifically to enhance your leadership abilities?
Honestly ask yourself, “Am I growing as a leader because of my intentions? Have I reached a plateau? Am I taking my leadership abilities and growth for granted?
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