Andreas Vetr

SELF-DISCIPLINE: The first person to lead is yourself.

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SELF-DISCIPLINE: The first person to lead is yourself.

In the silence you experience different thoughts and temptations to take shortcuts. The temptation to achieve your goals faster is often very strong. But every shortcut has a price that you have to think about beforehand. It’s coming

  • legitimate needs: those who are hungry/pursue goals and still seem to be a long way from achieving them may want to resort to one or two tricks to satisfy the hunger and achieve a few small immediate goals, at the expense of long-term goals/sustainability and the purpose to achieve. In this way you can briefly satisfy your current hunger and often pay a high price as a result. Putting aside your own needs to achieve the desired goal is not always easy, but real leaders know how to put their own needs aside for the good of the greater whole.
  • Talents/Gifts: Often one is faced with opportunities in leadership positions where one could use one’s talents or position to act not for the greater good but in self-interest for personal gain, power, a crowd, or influence.
  • personal fame or power: Some will come and convince the power of the leader to move forward faster if they were to ally themselves with him/her, with someone they are not sure about.

There are many temptations for a leader. Satisfaction of needs, talents and abuse of position as well as fame and power are just a few of them. Therefore, it becomes extremely important and clear that the first person a leader has to lead, convince and discipline is oneself. We earn the right to lead when people see us living our lives well.

Questions to think about:

  • What needs am I at risk of not being able to resist? Money, power, recognition, admiration, fame, power…? Where do I become weak?
  • Do I see the task as more important than my short-term needs?
  • What offers would distract me from my mission?
  • What will I do when such temptations come my way? How will I react? How should I react? How do I want to react?

English:

SELF-DISCIPLINE: The first person to lead is oneself.

In silence, one experiences various thoughts and temptations to take shortcuts. The temptation to achieve goals more quickly is often very strong. However, every shortcut has a price that must be considered beforehand. There come:

  • Legitimate needs: those who suffer hunger/pursue goals and still seem far from achieving them may want to resort to one or another trick to satisfy their hunger and achieve a few small immediate goals, at the expense of long-term goals/sustainability and purpose. This way, one can briefly satisfy the immediate hunger and often pays a high price as a result. Putting one’s own needs aside to achieve the desired goal is not always easy, but true leaders know how to put their own needs aside for the good of the greater whole.
  • Talents/Gifts: Often one faces opportunities in leadership positions where one could use one’s talents or the position not for the common good, but for self-interest, to gain personal profit, power, a crowd of people, or influence.
  • Personal Fame or Power: Someone will come and try to convince the leader of their power, to advance faster, if they would ally with him/her, with someone they are not sure about.

There are many temptations for a leader. Gratifying needs, misusing talents, and positions, as well as fame and power are just a few of them. Therefore, it becomes immensely important and clear that the first person a leader must lead, convince, and discipline is oneself. We earn the right to lead when people see that we lead our lives well.

Questions for reflection:

  • Which need am I in danger of not being able to resist? Money, power, recognition, admiration, fame, power…? Where am I weak?
  • Do I see the task as more important than my short-term needs?
  • What offers would distract me from my mission?
  • What will I do when such temptations come my way? How will I react? How should I react? How do I want to react?n