The only ones who don't get much of this aren't doing much of anything.
The ones who dare to lead will get plenty of it.
The ones who sit up in the stands and never even go out for the team don't experience this.
The ones on the field are gonna get it sometimes.
What is this thing that leaders and those on the field get that others do not?
When you step out to lead you will take shots. Some from the 'enemy' and even some 'friendly fire' from your own team. It ought to be listed in the little numbered sentences in the definition of 'leadership' . Something like, 'criticism is stuff leaders get that those who don't lead don't get....'
HOWEVER, there are extremely HUGE BENEFITS TO CRITICISM that leaders who want to lead better will pay attention to and be grateful for:
1. There are usually nuggets of truth in the criticism that need to be mined. These nuggets of gold will help you lead better and better in the future if they are mined and forged into wisdom.
2. Sometimes the one bringing the criticism is allowing the leader to hear from their hearts about an area where the leader may have unintentionally hurt the criticizer. This gives a hope for reconciliation and a restored relationship. [ assuming the leader doesn't loose her/his cool and make things worse ]
3. God may be using the criticism to get the leader's attention about an area that needs to be cut away or sanded down in how the leader leads.
So, tonight I sit here as a grateful leader that a couple of people were loving enough to unload on me today and to share some heart felt criticism. That's never fun to hear or endure, but it's valuable and I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me lead better because of their heart-felt sharing of their views.
Last thing, we don't have to agree with everything that has been shared and sometimes there is the opportunity to clarify misunderstandings or missing info that goes a long way to help restore the relationship. However, sometimes that's just not possible because the criticizer has their mind made up and no amount of truth will set them free from their pre-concieved condemnation. [ this is further down the path than just criticism and is headed toward contempt and hatred and a lost relationship ]
But, hopefully you have had a chance to hear the criticism well and respond well and in a way that honors the work that God wants to do in your life.
Critique and criticism may actually be one of a leader's best tools for growth.
So, suck it up, buttercup! Criticism is headed your way if you're gonna lead anything!!
Hope you have the courage to lead anyway and to make the world a much better place.
Here's to Your Highest Success,