Today, I will draw my leadership lesson from the Bible and focus on Jesus. On your leadership journey, you are going to have to deal with critics. They have nothing constructive to contribute to your vision but their goal is to hurl stones at you with the intention of halting your momentum. There is a time to answer your critics but there is a time, like Jesus, to keep quiet and ignore them.
‘The leading priests accused Jesus of many things. So Pilate asked Jesus another question, “You can see that they are accusing you of many things, aren’t you going to answer?” But Jesus still said nothing, so Pilate was very surprised.’ (Mark 15:4-5). Your critics win when they successfully get you to become defensive and distracted. Learn to focus your attention on the main things and not get sidelined by their comments or accusations. Constantly defending yourself before the wrong audience drains you of much needed energy and attention for your leadership priorities.
Your critics win if they succeed in distracting you from your vision, hence, don’t give them the satisfaction. Giving them attention usually empowers them to come after you but ignoring them starves them of the attention they crave. Don’t waste your energy on the wrong people (critics) focus it on the right people (your team) and the right thing (your vision).
Jesus spent more time focused on his mission and disciples than he did with his accusers (Pharisees and Sadducees) hence, the reason for his effectiveness.