“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.” Joseph Addison
The power of this thought affects everyone of us. Our culture seems to thrive on the right or opportunity to disagree and argue. The result leads to dissension, division, discouragement, and disorder.
Leadership requires a different focus. This does not mean we will agree with everyone. Nor does it mean that it is wrong to disagree with others. Also, we must understand there will be times when we are required to discuss these differences by approaching the other person.
Aside from the fact charity increases and less anger exists, we must remember that we will see more success by starting where we agree before moving into areas where we differ.
The difference made in leadership and the far-reaching influence of leaders is determined by the manner in which differences are handled.
In order to make the greatest impact, let us begin by focusing on where we agree.