Ross Shelton: My George Strait Philosophy of Pastoral Leadership

If you like country music and you live in Texas, chances are your favorite country singer is George Strait. I know it is for me. In fact, I am of the opinion if George Strait is not one of your favorite country singers, then you probably should not live in Texas.

All kidding aside, why do people like George Strait so much? I have heard many reasons why people like him, but at the heart of why people like him is this: he sings songs people like. Other than singing songs people like, he does not really impact peoples’ lives in substantial ways.

Leadership is different than singing songs people like.

Leadership is about much more than giving people what they like. In fact, sometimes leadership is about challenging people to move beyond simple likes and preferences in order to move them to something much better.

This means leadership can impact peoples’ lives in many ways. It can impact peoples’ livelihoods, their routines and their ways of thinking, among other things.

Because leadership is multifaceted and has the potential to impact peoples’ lives, leaders often will face harsh, unfair criticisms and rejection.

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Source: Baptist Standard