The stress and pressure of quality leadership can be daunting. It is only manageable because of love and dedication for the mission, the purpose or the people.
Knowing that you are leading people in a positive direction that will help them in this world and the next is rewarding beyond measure and also difficult to give up.
Yet, a true leader is one who knows that their role or mission has not been fulfilled if they have not planned well for the future. A real leader cultivates future leaders to continue and carry on the important work still left to be done.
When God tells Moses in this week’s Parasha, that Moses’ own life and journey is approaching its end, Moses asks God to appoint a leader to take his place. We learn much from the description of the leadership attributes that Moses requests—someone who leads by example, who is exemplary in their deeds, who says “follow me,” but most importantly someone who will guide the flock through thick and thin. Bamidbar 27:15-17. Joshua has been cultivated and groomed for exactly that role.
In our families, in our businesses and the organizations in which we are active, we have these same responsibilities of cultivating and grooming those who will follow in our footsteps.
Our responsibilities for the future are never ending. Who will follow in your footsteps? Are they ready? How have you helped prepare them? Can you do more?