In The Magic of Thinking Big, author David J. Schwartz says that “…subordinates tend to become carbon copies of their chief.” It’s not a new concept. Leaders throughout history have trained their followers in their own likeness. Jesus said, “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40)
My question is this: If you are an employee, who is your leader? What is he/she like? If you aren’t careful, you will become like your boss. If he or she is not the type of person you would want influencing your children, why would you allow him/her to influence you? Now, the reason I said, “If you aren’t careful…” is that you do have a choice in who your leaders are. And, even though you may not think so, you have a choice in who your boss is, as well. What am I talking about?
It’s easiest to demonstrate by thinking in terms of self-employment. For instance, if you own your own business, you can choose your leaders by choosing the right books and articles to read and by listening to inspiring podcasts and radio shows. You simply choose the people who are going to influence your thinking by what you allow into your mind. Even if you are employed in a traditional job, you still have a choice in leadership. When you interview for a job, you need to be interviewing the company to see if it is a good fit for you as much as they (the company) are interviewing you to see if you are a good fit with them. Ask yourself if the leadership is worthy of influencing you, and if the company culture is something you would choose to uphold and encourage? Or, is it the type of situation in which you will be fighting the leaders and the culture (or your own soul) from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave? If it’s the latter, get out now!
Who are your leaders? Are they worthy of leading you?