While driving home yesterday my wife called asking where I was. I assumed she wanted me to pick up something at the store but soon heard a different story.
This weekend our oldest daughter is visiting with her three children and to make a long story short her mommy-van needed a boost. She left the lights on and you know the rest.
After flipping the phone closed, I had a conversation with myself that began one way and ended another.
My first thought was boy that’s irresponsible. Heck, when she was 7 yrs. old she spilled a glass of milk on the floor. Now, 25 years later, nothing has changed. She still doesn’t pay attention. (an exaggeration to illustrate my point) By the way, the lights automatically turn off in my truck. This of course gives me the moral high ground and protects my dignity.
My second thought was dang I feel like a dope when I call my wife to bring in the spare keys because mine “got” locked in the truck…again. (Or I do some other stupid-human-trick.) I know my responsible, mature daughter doesn’t want to inconvenience others.
I’ve said I want to live a life of positive impact. However, I want to do it at convenient times and in ways that don’t disrupt my routines or otherwise delay dinner. Hmmm? Doesn’t leave much room for positive impact does it?
I’ve seen leaders working to make their own lives convenient. However, great leaders live for others not for themselves. They choose inconvenience.
In reality, an inconvenience may be an opportunity. Ken Blanchard rightly says, “Remember that life is about helping and serving, it’s not about you.”
How might feeling inconvenienced hinder leaders?
Truth is, every inconvenience isn’t opportunity.
How/when can leaders choose to inconvenience themselves?
When is it appropriate for leaders to inconvenience others?