Leadership and loneliness. You’ve heard it said that those two words go together. It’s “lonely at the top” is a saying you’re familiar with. The reason you know the phrase is because it’s assumed that leaders often have few friends. That is often true, but it doesn’t have to be. Leadership has unique challenges that frequently can’t be shared with everyone, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be shared with someone. You’ll get into trouble when you attempt to shoulder the burden of leadership all by yourself. Often great leaders are drawn to each other to strengthen their weaknesses.
Here’s an interesting factoid. Zebras and ostriches are easily picked off by faster animals. Zebras have an issue. They have great eyesight but they don’t have a good sense of smell. Ostriches, on the other hand, have a great sense of smell but bad eyesight. Here’s what they do. They hang out together, relying on the eyes of the zebra and the noses of the ostriches to keep from being gobbled up.
Galatians 6:2 speaks to this. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.