When Leadership is the Problem…

When the leadership is the problem, then why persevere, why endure?

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” Colin Powell
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Perseverance is to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of achieving.  Endurance usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking.

There are times when the leader needs assistance from the team family. This need may emanate from a lack of knowledge or a lack of understanding on how to navigate the course of action or combination of several things. If that leader acknowledges his/her need and asks for help, then the team has an option at that time: To render the support that is needed to strengthen the leader and  the entire team then becomes stronger; or the team can withhold that support, criticize the leader and the entire team family fails. To be a leader does not require one to know everything or how to do everything, but it does require one to recognize his or her own  weaknesses as a leader and allow the team family to strengthen and support you. In so doing, the team family succeeds. When the leader is unwilling to acknowledge the need for help, then the sense of exclusion and a perception that the leader does not care about the team family or the vision. Why persevere? Why endure? Before honor is humility.