“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
High on the wall of the Johannesburg, South Africa, airport terminal is this African Proverb that has a lot to say about today’s organisations and churches, and the styles of leadership that are so very different.
Many of us admire the “strong leader” who can get things done. Often a pace setter, far ahead of the pack, this leader seems to be able to do what few others can do, and often all alone.
To say that this this kind of leader is my greatest nightmare in my practice of governance consulting may seem inappropriate or offensive. So let me tell you why.
My desire is to help organizations and churches to go far, not fast. I think that to last for the distance, to realize the vision that lies far into the future, leadership requires more than a strong will and a charismatic attraction.
It takes collaboration. “If you want to go far, go together.” Read more