4 Leadership Lessons When Good Deeds Go Bad
Have you everÂ done a good deed that justÂ turned out bad?Â You had wonderful intentions but things just did not turn out well.Â Either your motives wereÂ misinterpreted or the execution wasÂ poor.Â Such an event happened to me recently.
One night after dinnerÂ this past week, my wife and I were praying that God would bless a certain area of our lives.Â This is aÂ big burden for us and we desperately needÂ supernatural intervention.Â After praying, I began mowing our front yard.
As I wasÂ pushing my mower around the front yard, I felt God saying to me, “If you want a blessing, be a blessing.”Â Â My next door neighbor is a single mom who also really needed her grass mowed.Â Â I felt impressed that I shouldÂ mowÂ her front yard along with mine.
I had finished a section of my yard next to her’s whenÂ I began mowing her lawn.Â I had notÂ finishedÂ mine completely but no problem,Â itÂ would only takeÂ about 45 minutes to help her.Â WhileÂ I was mowing, sheÂ graciously thanked me.Â I turned off my mower to speak with her.
This was such a blessing.Â I was helping a neighbor truly in need!
After finishing the conversation,Â Â I could not get my mower to crank back up.Â I kept pulling and pulling the rip cord but to no avail.Â Then something very, very bad happened.Â I pulled the cord again and it tore right off the lawn mower!
“God, you have got to be kidding me!” I thought.
If I would have just kept mowing my own yard, I would have a perfectly cut lawn (instead of 2/3 completed) and a mower that did not need repairing (though the cordÂ would have probably tore shortly anyway).Â What weÂ had now was two yards that were 2/3 cut and a mower in need of repair.
As I reflected on this situation, I think there are several leadership principles we can learn from this:
- The Importance Of Obedience – Regardless of theÂ outcome, leaders should always do the right thing.
- Make Relationships AÂ Long-Term Priority – It was the thought that counted.Â This single mom knew our family was there to serve her.Â This will deepen an already solid relationship.
- Plan For Long-Term Maintenance – Car tires wear out.Â Heating and air units break down.Â Property taxes comeÂ every year.Â Batteries die.Â Cars will need repairing.Â Medical expenses are coming.Â And lawn mowers eventually needÂ maintenance.Â I did not have the money this month for this expense.Â But it came anyway.Â Effective leaders budget and plan for long-term maintenance and expenses.
- The Value OfÂ Long-TermÂ Investment – Though it turned out bad, I know God wanted me to mow my neighbor’s lawn.Â She needed help.Â Â I do feel God is going to bless my intentions andÂ obedience.Â I don’t know how He willÂ but look forward to the dayÂ allÂ of thisÂ makes sense.Â Leaders understand the value of long-term investment.
Obedience, Relationships, Maintenance, and Investment.Â Leaders, when your best intentions goÂ awry, focus on these four items.Â They will keep you from putting your head in your hands and getting discouraged.
Leaders, have you ever done a good deed that turned out bad?Â I would love to hear about it.
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