Follow the Corporate Leader? Why should we?
by Michael Tummillo
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I just finished reading an article on the Top 100 Corporate Criminals in America. The list included names you may have heard…Chevron, Bristol-Myers, Tyson Foods, Southland Corporation, Borden, Georgia Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruises, General Electric, Pfizer, Inc and more. These mammoth corporations were fined hundreds of millions of dollars for corporate crimes ranging from Environmental crimes to illegal campaign financing, breaking antitrust laws, fraud and public corruption. Unisys was even fined for bribery.
Where is the gallant leadership we crave? Where’s the Braveheart of the Business World? Where are the Corporate Champions that inspire their troops to “take that hill” and lead the charge? All we ever seem to hear about is moguls gone mad and tycoons turned convicts.
In an article on corporate leadership put out by The Herman Group, Roger Herman wrote, “Sometimes outstanding leaders appear, but in too many situations there is a serious shortage of leaders at all levels. Employees in many organizations are looking for strong leadership, and not finding it. They ask themselves more frequently these days whether they want to continue following the leaders they have now. Without confidence in their leaders, people do not perform to their highest potential and often wonder if they should be working somewhere else.”
Listen up: EVERY PERSON with influence over any other person is in a position of leadership. Regardless of age, gender or race, EVERYBODY can lead by example, wisdom, courage and integrity. People actually desire to be led and even be told what to do, where to go, etc. We can lead them justly or unjustly.
Adolph Hitler was one of the world’s greatest leaders. Mind you, despite being one of the greatest – he wasn’t a GOOD leader. There’s a difference. Jesus, on the other hand, formed a global organization that has lasted over 2000 years. A study of His leadership principals reveals some things every business leader should take to heart.
I’ve been blessed to have worked for some wonderful leaders. One man used to pray over his bills, his new clients and was often visited by former employees needing guidance. That impressed me as a young Christian.
Another boss would give weekly prizes to his high-achievers and would buy Friday dinner for those who lived on his cul-de-sac. He said it reaped incredible dividends to invest in his neighborhood in that way.
Another boss, who heard I was leaving the organization, flew across the country to see me when he heard I was leaving, asked me how much it would cost to keep me and took care of all those requests within 30 minutes including pay raises for several coworkers, people without whom I could not function, and a computer for my kids who lived 2 hours away so that I could communicate with them. He even supported my ministry with $650 AFTER I left the firm a year later.
Even my current employer shines among the corporate leaders I have known. When she had 500 employees in ten towns around Texas, she felt the Spirit leading her to minister to their needs. So, she hired me as her Workplace Chaplain. Believe me, the staff recognizes how special it is to work for a company who provides such a resource.
What about you? Even though you may not be the Big Cheese – maybe you don’t even feel like a cheese puff – as a Christian, the greatest Leader of all time dwells within you by His Spirit.
Daniel 11:32 declares, “…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
The wisdom of Joseph brought him favor all his life, eventually promoting him to Prime Minister of his nation.
Mordecai said to Esther: “…Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” She went on to free her people.
David, a poor shepherd boy, wound up becoming he great King of his nation.
What about you? Same God, right? If you’re another lover of God in humble circumstances, why not you?
Psalm 75:6-7, “For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.”
Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.”
You have obviously been born for such a time as this. Grow where you’ve been planted and see what happens next!
You, too, have everything you need already resident within you to do great exploits that will impact the lives of others.
Who knows that someone who is a lousy leader in one place won’t soon be fired, making room for you as God moves the chess pieces of life to get YOU into a better position to effect change in the lives of others?
We never know what the next moment will produce. With God, there’s always hope!
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