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Notes From The Garrison 11—Leading from the Middle (Again)

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

In the July 20 Blog titled “What Does It Take To Lead?” we discussed examples of folks whose dedication, competence and character helped them to lead our country and many of them led from the middle. They may not have been the CEO of an organization or president of an institution, but they made significant contributions both to their own organizations as well as society. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was such a leader. She

reached across party lines with respect even though her opinions might differ significantly from her colleagues. Her intelligence, experience, competence, and seniority put her in a position of major influence. Given that, she never demonized the other members of the Court and reached across significant partisan divides. Her friendship with Justice Scalia is just one example.

So what can we learn from her example? Even though a person may not have agreed with Justice Ginsburg, they could trust her to be forthright and a person of integrity. Leading from the middle with an “upright heart and skillful hands (Psalm 78:72)” gives an individual the ability to influence beyond their immediate reach. Trust is the currency of leadership—it is a direct result of leading with an upright heart and skillful hands. We may not always agree with another person, but we can treat them with respect and loyally dissent with an idea. None of that works without trust.

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