The leadership limits of cut flowers

Leaders are always learning important lessons that will make them better. I’m no different. And neither are you. With that said, I read something this week that resonated with me I thought I should share.

In her book, Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership, Laurie Beth Jones states the following: “But if you are a leader, you realize the limitations of cut flowers, no matter how beautiful they are, and are more apt to spend your time gathering, sorting, and planting seeds.”

Just prior to this, she poses the question: “Which would you rather have, a bouquet of flowers or a packet of seeds?”

You see, this is an interesting question she poses. Your answer tells a lot about who you are as a person and leader. It’s a matter of being shortsighted and ill-considered versus being complete and prepared in a boundless and unrestrained manner.

dead flowersCut flowers have a short shelf life. While a freshly cut bouquet brightens a room, it only does so until it withers away into a brown, brittle, and fragile state of death. The fragrant smell of a rose stagnates once cut.

The point Jones is making is if you realize the limitations of cut flowers, you will likely to do something more productive – such as seeking out seeds for additional growth. All too often we are satisfied with a bouquet in a vase when we could have the entire garden.

What are the things holding you back as a leader? What are your cut flowers?

Think of it this way: Imagine you are carrying around a vase. What type of metaphoric cut flowers are in it? Indecision? Negative attitude? Selfishness? Gossip? Shallowness? Lack of confidence? Regret? Worry? Fear? These are but a few of the “cut flowers” that limit leadership. I’m sure you have a few you can add. We all do. Once we realize what these cut flowers are in our lives, we can cast away the drooping, shriveled shell of a flower for that of something that will lead to growth and vibrancy.

live flowers

P.S. Check out Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones… so many Biblical life lessons in it to build who you are and you are becoming as a leader!

Trey Campbell, APR – treycampbell1010@gmail.com

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