Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Good leadership embraces change

Even though I have never been one to enjoy change, I have definitely embraced it over the years because in the end I know that change is inevitable. Back in the day when the "worship wars" were in full force change became a theological issue and those who embrace the hymnal as the "only way" and those who wanted change remained at odds.

It is funny to me that people are quite accepting of change when it comes to lifestyle choices: microwave ovens, new cars, better homes, and information technology. Yet when it comes to the "lifestyle" of the church people prefer not to change. And I'm not talking about the core theological doctrines, but to the forms such as music style, dress code, etc.

No matter what you believe about the above, one thing is for sure and that is change is inevitable whether or not you embrace it. For leaders this is a critical component of good leadership. I read the quotes below over at Leadership Wired, a weekly email on leadership from Maximum Impact dot com:

"Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
~ John F. Kennedy

"Every generation needs a new revolution."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better."
~ Robert P. Vanderpoel

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
~ Woodrow Wilson

"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him."
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

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