The downside of authority

A friend writes, “it is so frustrating not being able to control people.”

Of course, there’s a flipside.

If you could control people, just imagine how heavy that responsibility would weigh on you.

Freedom of choice brings with it the realization that our choices belong to us. One is the choice to lead. The other is the choice to follow.

If we make the choice to lead, we need to be prepared to own the consequences of our leadership, even (or especially) if we can’t actually control what others do.