Chapter 4: The Trilateral Leadership Ledger of Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward’s Launching a Leadership Revolution begins with an impactful statement from Hugo Grotius. Grotius was a Dutch lawyer, writer, theologian, and statesman of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
On the topic of self-government, Grotius had noted that leadership boiled down to the individual and made the following observation of men in positions of leadership:
“He knows not how to rule a Kingdom, that cannot manage a Province; nor can he wield a Province, that cannot order a City; nor he order a City, that knows not how to regulate a Village; nor he a Village, that cannot guide a Family; nor can that man Govern well a Family that knows not how to Govern himself.”
What this statement really boils down to is the fact that one cannot be an effective leader over others until one learns to lead over oneself. Stop and think about that statement for a few moments. When we think of leadership, we often think of a position of influence, a title, or a credential. However, true leadership potential lies in one’s ability for self-discipline.
Stop and think of the people in your life that have influence over you, for better or worse. Put some thought into why you feel these people influence you. Is it their personality? Do they make you feel good when you are around them, or inversely make you crave their hard to get attention? Are you inspired by their abilities, drive, or work ethic? Or perhaps maybe you just feel that they are a good person and respect the position of their moral compass.