Michel de Montaigne said, “I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything but catch nothing except wind.” Greedy and Lustful leadership starts from the place of excess. A greedy leader struggles greatly with cutting corners for the team. A lustful leader struggles to not have too many plates spinning. Are you a greedy and lustful leader?
Beware of the Sin of Greed in Leadership
There will always be a fine line between spending money to make money. The key for great leaders is to not make it about the money at all (p. 72).
Great leaders are decisive and set priorities. Greedy leaders try to have it all by putting off decisions and keeping everything a priority (p. 77).
A lack of communication is a great way of leaving people in the dark and destroy a team’s morale. It creates uncertainty and does not allow a team to anticipate what is coming next.
Beware of the Sin of Lust in Leadership
Frederick Buechner has said, “Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst.”
Lust in leadership is regular distractions by letting new things and new ideas come to the team’s attention instead of allowing the power of mundane follow through of the original goals you have agreed upon.
Lustful leaders really struggle to finish strong. Finishing strong is difficult and takes consistent commitment. A Lustful leader only wants to move onto the next thing and has a shifting focus.
Morissey gives some great ideas on how to avoid LUST:
- Use a T-chart. Write down on one side projects that you are working on this month and the other side projects you have completed. See if it is skewed.
- Limit your project plate. Make yourself a rule. You cannot take on a new project until an old one is done. You can decide how many plates you are allowed to have spinning at any one time.
- The A, B, C, piles. When new things come up give them priority. Don’t let them take your focus off of what you are working on now.
- Celebrate things completed. Give yourself a reward for a job well done.
- Be accountable and Make targets public. Find a teammate to hold you accountable to setting smart goals and then make them public.