My all time favourite TV series is M*A*S*H, a comedy/drama centred around the doctors and nurses of the 4077th M*A*S*H unit during the Korean War. The series was so poplular that it outlasted the duration of the 3 year war, spanning 11 seasons and 251 episodes.

The strong characterisation and story lines presented thought provoking themes that provide the ideal platform for lessons on life and leadership. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, I'm sure you will connect with my leadership insights from M*A*S*H.

LEADING FROM THE TRENCHES features bite-sized, candid insights that speak into the gritty space of leadership through the eyes of a fellow leader seeking to "lead with all diligence" (Romans 12:8).

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Who Deserves The Credit?

Episode 24:  Showtime


Father:   For some time now, I’ve been comparing the disparity of our callings.  Doctor versus priest.  You fellows are always able to see the end result of your work.  I mean, you know immediately if you’ve been successful.  For me, the results are far less tangible.  Sometimes – most of the time – I honestly don’t know whether I’m doing any good or not.
Hawkeye:   I used to have a professor in med school who always said:  “God cures the patients but the doctor takes the fee.”
Father:    Do you think that’s true?
Hawkeye:   I’m able to do a lot of things in surgery that I’m not really good enough to do.

During the visit of a troupe to entertain the 4077, we gain insight into a number of significant moments in the lives of the key personnel, including a moment of vulnerability where the camp priest is questioning the effectiveness of his work.

Despite my training and experience as a leader I am acutely aware that there are many things I am called upon to do that I am not really capable of doing alone.  By myself, I bring a limited set of skills and knowledge to my leadership roles, but together with a team there is a collaboration of shared wisdom that increases my leadership capacity.  As a Christian leader the capacity of the team is also given a spiritual dimension through divine wisdom and strength.  It is, therefore, true to say that any success I experience as a leader is never mine alone.  In this context of leadership there is no place for ego driven leaders who hog the credit for themselves.  Quoting Dino Rizzo, Craig Groeschel emphasizes this point by stating, “It is amazing what gets accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.”  In saying that from a team point of view, God always deserves the credit for empowering us to be the leaders He has called and equipped us to be.

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