What is it about leaders that people either love them or hate them? It seems at times there can be no middle ground for a leader. People either follow them or criticize.
In his leadership blog, Orrin Woodward recently wrote about this very issue. In a post called Leadership Polarizes Because The Truth Is Polarizing he said,
When a leader leads with his convictions, others, who do not hold the same convictions, will criticize the endeavor. Throughout history, men and women like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther, Sam Walton, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few, have received mountaintop praise and sewer-based criticisms. In fact, if a person desires to change the world, then he better build a tough skin while maintaining a soft heart, because he will be criticized!
Consider the leadership of President Ronald Reagan. He was vilified even before he was voted into office because of what his critics saw as his lack of experience, particularly in matters of foreign policy. How, they wondered, could a mere actor who rose to be governor from California consider himself to be qualified enough to become President??
Even after the elections, his detractors predicted doom and gloom. But President Reagan held to his convictions, maintained his chosen course and surrounded himself with good people. Orrin Woodward also commented on getting the facts you need from people in the right places:
Whatever a person does, it behooves him to get the facts directly from the sources.
. . . for those truly interested in getting the facts about LIFE TEAM, read RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE for yourself. Listen to the content of the CD’s for yourself, and then decide what you and your family will do.
When you are faced with a leader like Orrin Woodward, check them out. Find out what that leader stands for, and if it’s worth standing for yourself. Truly find out for yourself if the rumors, hearsay and popular opinions are true, or false.