Why do we allow people to hold power over us? Why do we care so much what people think and say about us? The more we give up our own power to those who are toxic, degrading, and ignorant, the more we give ourselves away. People who force you to think or accept ideologies that are fake, immoral, corrupt, or unethical, are the people who are ruining our culture and society. And instead of standing up against these people, leaders are falling victim to the rhetoric and coercion these people are pushing. Leaders must lead with resilience.
In a world where moral and ethical values are quickly given up for clicks, likes, and the almighty dollar, there is no wonder why our culture and society is dying from the inside out. Where are all the leaders that stand loud and proud for morals and ethical values? Where are the leaders who will say “No” to the mob and become the black sheep? Where are the leaders who will not allow the pressure and harassment of the mob to take away everything that is right? Where are the leaders who will lead with resilience, face down the bullies, and become pillars of integrity? It’s time to take a stand as leaders and demand morals and ethical values to be the staple of everything we do.
Resilience is a quality that our current culture seems to have forgotten. With the “cancel culture” and the political bullying that takes place, rather than being resilient and doing what is right, people give up and succumb to the pressure of the mob. Sadly, this leads to weakness and instability in integrity, morals, and ethics. If we are to be people who lead well, we must have resilience against the mob mentality and degradation of the current culture. We must not shy away from standing for what is right. We must hold to morals and ethical values and stay resilient toward the adversity that comes to challenge said morals and ethics.
Leadership is about serving those you lead, but it is also about setting the example for what is right. This is why leading with integrity is crucial. When organizations and companies bend to the will of the mob without standing for what is right, they show that their true motives are not about morals and ethics, but rather making a profit. There is a reason why the good book says, “The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.” Popularity and likes should not be what drives leadership. Instead, the leadership should stand for what is right and lead with integrity and resilience.
Leading with resilience is not about being haughty and arrogant, but rather leading with purpose, humility, and conviction. If we allow others to shake our convictions, then we never had convictions in the first place. Stand firm in wisdom and do what is right. Proverbs says, “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways” (Proverbs 2:11-15). I find that wisdom is quickly fleeting, because leadership no longer leads resiliently.
- Lead with resilience. Stand for what is right and do not be swayed by the pressure that surrounds you.
- Do not sacrifice morals and ethics for more likes and the almighty dollar.
- Be wise and steadfast in all your ways.
- Just because the mob says they are right doesn’t make them right. Do what is morally and ethically right.
- Lead through service and be an example for what is right.
Finally, head these words: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:23-27).
As always, stay humble and serve well!