I’d like to meet Jon Acuff one day. He’s hilarious, succinct and profound. That’s some pretty rare air he’s sucking down, juggling those three gifts.
Here is a recent blog post from Jon, I’m copying it verbatim. Hope you enjoy:
The other night, I had a phone conversation with my dad.
In the 1980s, he started a Southern Baptist Church in Massachusetts, which was just about unheard of at the time. But, he’s always up for leading adventures other people think are difficult. A few years ago, he took up cycling. In a completely offhand way, while talking about teaching his neighbor how to ride, he told me 27 words that perfectly summed up the joy and struggle of leadership. Here is what he said:
It’s easier to draft than it is to lead, but when you lead, you help somebody else go faster than they ever could have on their own.
Drafting is easier. You don’t have to fight the wind.
Leading is harder. You have to continually break new ground.
But leading isn’t about doing the easiest thing. Leading isn’t about getting out in front so everyone can see you. Leading isn’t about building “brand you.”
Leading is helping somebody else be better. Leading is helping somebody else get stronger. Smarter. More connected to whatever it is they’re uniquely called to do.
Leading is helping somebody else go faster than they ever could have on their own.
That’s the kind of leader I want to be.
Who are you drafting right now? Who are you leading?