What Happens When You Don’t Stand on the Sidelines

When I took my first job as a supervisor, my manager once told me that, “One key to being a good leader is simply being able to make a decision. Good or bad, you’ve at least made one.” This wasn’t a new concept to me, since I have always said to others, “Never straddle the fence, cause straddling the fence hurts.”

English: Mike Hart (American football) stands ...

English: Mike Hart (American football) stands on the sidelines behind Zoltan Mesko (American football) and Carlos Brown (American football) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  There was tidal wave of talk that had been stirred up when Chick-fil-A‘s president Dan Cathy made a public declaration in the Baptist Press that, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.”  The vocal opposition to this by both city mayors across the country as well as others who support redefining marriage could not be overlooked. They were calling on Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A to recant the statement and disavow their belief which is rooted in faith.

 It has not been popular among the minority which has a loud voice in the nation, and they would seek to silence the majority and even pressure them to back down. However, great leaders seldom make decisions that are popular with everyone. The ability to make a decision and stand by it is the test of character to be displayed now.

 Truett Cathy and his family, through Chick-fil-A and other faith based operations is casting a vision that is being not only modeled within the established territory, but the mantle is being picked up and carried by many who are determined not to be silenced by standing on the sidelines waiting to see what the fallout will bring.

 When you don’t stand on the sidelines you become a target. This is what many fear and the reason many choose to stay on the sidelines. But if you only determine within yourself to get off the bench and into the game, you’ll discover that you’re never truly alone. You soon see that you have others who will stand with you, arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder, and even back to back.

QUESTION: What are your best practices that keep you from straddling the fence or standing on the sideline?


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