Why Do We Need Leadership? (If Jesus Visits a McDonald's During the Millennium)
By: Toni Tucker
A Report on John C. Maxwell's Leadership 101
Jesus at MiCadee's...
Step into the future and take a journey via my extemporaneous, futuristic, Biblical conjecture...
Since the McDonald brothers were so ingenious and McDonald's restaurants will more than likely be around until the New Millennium (that is when Jesus comes back to rule on the earth for 1000 years) Jesus himself just might go to a Micadee's for lunch one day and no doubt have a host of followers.
Jesus enters a McDonald's, technology is so far advanced that a hologram takes his order and of course Jesus knows the complete menu, after all he is God.
But he gets momentarily stumped as to whether or not to order a Big Mac or a Quarter Pounder with cheese meal. Or maybe he'll order a reliable Fish Fillet meal, he still loves fish, brain food.
Just like folks today, who've been going to McDonald's for years and act as if they still don't know the menu.
Can you just see Jesus with his arm across his chest, his index finger on his chin, slightly leaning to the side, and his head tilted, wondering "What do I want to eat?"
Now Jesus is hungry and those fries smell good and look good.
He emphatically tell's the order taker, or robot, or 3 dimensional hologram, that's now tapping on the counter in a, 'would you hurry up', polite manner, with decorative long fake nails on; "Okay!, I'll have the #2 and "super-size" those fries. (Ya think "super-size" or "up size" to large will be around for Jesus' reign on earth?) If not, he'll multiply them anyway. Just like the fish and five loaves of bread. No biggie, he's been there done that!
Then Jesus tells the 'cashier' "make sure you give me plenty of fries right out the grease, I want them hot, (not luke warm, or I'll spit them out of my mouth!) Jesus continues, "and, don't drown them with too much salt" (I am the salt of the earth). "And don't shake the fry box where I lose any of my fries!" (Just like Jesus, don't want to lose any sheep either!)
He gets his order and doesn't have to pay, after all, he paid the ultimate price, his death on the cross for the world and his resurrection! And he just finished kicking the anti-Christ out of business with all his '666' can buy or sell only - identification trap.
Jesus takes his cup, and after filling it with soda at the fountain, he tries to put a "lid" on the cup and it doesn't fit quite right so he has to "raise the lid" and get another one. While doing this, he notices Ronald McDonald and shouts at him, "You should have been destroyed during the Battle of Armageddon!"
He continues with Ronald almost with the same intensity he had telling his disciples "to suffer the little children to come unto me" or when they were going to stone the adulterous woman, and he wrote in the sand and said to them, "he who is without sin cast the first stone." Or even when he drove out the money changers at the Temple.
"Ronald!" Jesus might say like Randy Jackson on American Idol, "Dwag", just look at that flaming red hair and that yellow big bird suit with those funny red bozo shoes and stripped red and white stockings!" Ronald, responds in his high voice, "I am just trying to make the kids happy here!" Jesus tells Ronald that his tone is too "pitchy" and that it annoys him. Then Jesus declares, "It's time for me to 'deliver this clown', those demons should have been gone!" Jesus proclaims, "It's my reign on earth now!" So Jesus cast out Ronald McDonald and all of his buffoonery, and the saints who follow him take note, and Jesus raises the "Lid" for the last time during the Millennium.
Raising the "Lid" is simply a reference to John Maxwell's level of one's Leadership ability, (Read the book). And I hope you enjoyed my futuristic creative lunch encounter with Jesus at McDonald's in context.
In my first report based on John Maxwell's book, Leadership 101, I initially raised the question "What is a Leader?"
In this report I raise the question, "Why do we need Leadership?"
America is in shambles, economic depravity, bail outs of the auto industry and the banking system, and unemployment are at an all time high.
Some historians claim we are worse off than The Great Depression of the 1930's. People across the nation are angry and unraveling at the seams. Foreclosures are at an all time high, addictions are off the chart.
Many disenchanted and heated Tea-Partiers are spewing their evil without shame or remorse. As witnessed by millions on the news and Youtube, when a hostile protester on the steps of the Capital not only 'heckled' Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, but 'spat' on him. Weather intentional or just by mistake it looked like a flashback to the news clip of the 50's and 60's. The basis seems to be ensconced in racism and fear. That old ethno-centristic spirit is alive and well. And it can be pronounced from all sides of the spectrum!
Fear breeds fear.
The disdain towards President Barrack and the government is displayed daily in the media. Sometimes it seems to mirror a step back to the 60's news clips I later saw as a child growing up and becoming aware in the 70's. The anger evoked and spoken privately and publicly that more people of color have garnered positions of power from the ascension to the White House to the rolling green fields of the golf course, once completely exclusive to Anglo- Americans has ruffled a lot of feathers of those involved in the tea parties held across the country, and is unsettling.
Change in the world Globally, Nationally and Locally has stirred unprecedented fear. And because of this all, we need great leaders.
The earth mourns for them, and the world needs them. And I pray for our Nation and its leaders on all levels incessantly! From the White House, to the Court House, to the House of Prayer!
Why do we even need leadership? To avoid tyranny and total anarchy!
For we live in precarious times.
Are all men created equal?
In Matthew 24:7, the Bible speaks of Nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places ... and we are witnessing the scripture being fulfilled before our very eyes.
The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truths, and truth is what is needed.
People followed and follow, Gandhi, Dr. King, Stalinism, Marxism-Leninism, and the greatest leader of them all, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
We are living in volatile times, America is changing and evolving. It is estimated that by the year 2021 the Latino community will be the largest ethnic group in our nation, and with shifts in demographics projected to change the face of America as we know it, there's a whole lot of shaking going on.
John C. Maxwell details in his book, Leadership 101 that leadership is complicated. It has many facets: respect, experience, emotional strength, people skills, discipline, vision, momentum, and timing. The list goes on. The 4 phases of Leadership growth:
I don't know what I don't know, Most people fail to recognize the value of leadership. They believe that leadership is only for a few- for the people at the top of the corporate ladder. They have no idea of the opportunities they're passing up when they don't learn lead. When John was a college student the point was accentuated for him as a college president shared with him that only a handful of students signed up for a leadership course offered by the school.
I know what I don't know...
When placed in a leadership position only to look around and discover that no one is following. Ouch!
That's when it's possible for the process to start. English Prime minister Benjamin Disraeli wisely commented, "To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."
Successful leaders are learners. And the learning process is ongoing, A result of self-discipline and perseverance.
Grow and Know it...And the progress will start to show.
The law of the Process.
Maxwell shares in his book how he encouraged a young guy at a seminar of his, to start reading, listening to tapes regularly, and keep attending seminars. And whenever you come across a golden nugget of truth or a significant quote, file it away for the future.
Start developing your leadership today, and someday you will experience the effects of the Law of Process. The young man named Brian, was only 19 at the time and he encouraged him to keep it up and by the age of 39 others would seek him for his leadership knowledge and abilities.
Maxwell notes that the Law of Process gets one to phase 4, when ones ability to lead becomes almost automatic. That's when the payoff is larger than life. But the only way to get there is to obey the Law of Process and pay the price.
As far as the law of process goes TR Roosevelt learned the hard way. He was born sickly.
He had debilitating asthma, possessed very poor eyesight, and was painfully thin. His wealthy parents doubted he would survive. But his father encouraged him when he was twelve saying, "You have the mind, but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind cannot go as far as it should. You must make the body."
From then on TR began spending time every day building his body as well as his mind. He became a great leader as the former President of the US. But it wasn't overnight.
The Law of Influence
Princess Diana and Mother Teresa both were voted in first and second place as the world's most caring people. People might have wondered how a glamorous princess and a humble Albanian woman seemingly so far apart and who died around the same time were almost equally compared. Diana at first shy, travelled the world and represented the royal family and made it her goal to raise money for charitable organizations and to serve others.
During this process she built many important relationships with politicians, organizers of humanitarian causes, entertainers, and heads of state. Which catapulted her into a different stratosphere, despite her husbands affair with Camilla.
Leadership is about influencing people to follow, while management focuses on maintaining systems and processes.
How Can I become Disciplined?
The first person you lead is you. Maxwell notes that Jerry Rice called to be the best wide receiver to date was a self-disciplined man and worked out from 7:00am till Noon on his downtime. That although he is a natural, he still works hard at it, and that's what separates the good from the greats!
Prioritizing ones life. The discipline to prioritize and the ability to work toward a state goal are essential to a leader's success.
Maxwell defines success as "the progressive realization of a predetermined goal." This definition tells us that the discipline to prioritize are essential to a leader's success.
Every leader needs to understand the "Pareto Principle." 20/80 Principle. 20 percent of your priorities will give you 80 percent of your production.
Prioritize assignments What is high priority or importance or the most urgent to the low urgency and low importance.
A leaders initiates a follower reacts. A leader picks up the phone and makes contact, a follower will wait for the phone to ring.
A leader spends time planning and anticipates problems. A follower reacts to problems. A leader invest time with people, a follower spends time with people. A leader fills the calendar by priorities, a follower fills the calendar by requests.
A leader evaluates monthly. The three R's, requirements, return, and reward.
Trust is the foundation of leadership. There are three qualities a leader must exemplify to build trust. They are competence, connection, and character.
People will forgive occasional mistakes based on ability, especially if they can see that you are still growing as a leader. But they won't trust someone who has slips in character.
And effective leader knows this truth. Pepsi co chairman and CEO Craig Weatherup acknowledges, "People will tolerate honest mistakes, but if you violate their trust you will find it very difficult to ever regain their confidence. That is one reason you need to treat trust as you most precious asset.
You may fool your boss but you can never foll your colleagues or subordinates.
Qualifications of an Empowerer:
Position yourself correctly in order to lead people.
When you value people and your relationships with them, you lay the foundation for empowering others. Respect, Relationships cause people to want to be with you, but respect causes them to want to be empowered by you. Mutual respect is essential to the empowerment process.
Legacy that leaders leave.
Goizueta's legacy. When he took over Coca-Cola in 1981, the company's value was $4 billion. Under his leadership, it rose to $150 billion. An increase in value of more than 3,500 percent!
Because of his leadership Coca-Cola became the second most valuable corporation in America, ahead of the car makers, the oil companies, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and all the rest. The only company more valuable was General Electric.
Maxwell stresses that leaders must lead with a long view. They must create a leadership culture creating strong leaders at every level of the organization. They must pay the price today to assure success tomorrow. Value team leadership above individual leadership, and walk away from the organization with integrity.
The paradigm shift...
Every leader leaves his organization one way or another. He may change jobs, get promoted or retire or die.
Maxwell concludes that:
When all is said and done, your ability as a leader will not be judged by what you achieved personally or even by what your team accomplished during your tenure. You will be judged by how well your people and your organization did after you were gone.
You will be gauged by the Law of Legacy.
The Great Commission, Matthew 28: 18-20 is the strongest most impactful and clear directive ever given by a Leader. The Leader, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords...Jesus Christ!
Leadership is an awesome calling! And we need great leaders, and Jesus was, is, and will be the best Leader the world has ever known!!!
What are your thoughts?