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A few weeks ago, a friend and I were traveling around the area visiting a few leaders, and we found ourselves with a few spare moments. We decided to take it upon ourselves to go shopping for something that we both desired. (We have since realized that this is not just a desire, it is a necessity, but that is another story.)

And there we were, standing right in front of this necessity, a 2015 Corvette Z06. This car is powered by a supercharged 6.2L aluminum V8 delivering 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. So I am sure that now you can understand the necessity so we will proceed with the leadership part.

After I had the chance to picture myself driving down the road in this car, the salesman provided me some much-needed information. The cost of the car was a little over $94,000. You are possibly wondering what I did at this point. Let’s just say that this is an ongoing conversation at my house. A very influential person in my life has failed to see the necessity part of the conversation.

It was right after this visit to the dealership that I read a few interesting articles about leadership which went along with my desire for the car. You see many of us have a desire to be leaders, and we fail to recognize the cost that comes along with it. I saw an interview with Kobe Bryant where he talks about leadership being lonely. That is only one price that leaders have to pay.

I read an article that discusses how leaders pay the price emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. “True leadership takes a heavy toll on the whole person – and the more effective the leadership, the higher, the higher the price.” Charles Swindoll

I think that what gets overlooked is how leaders end up with fewer friends, work longer hours, and walk around with the stress that comes along with the responsibility of leadership.

Often when I speak to young leaders, I fail when it comes to teaching them how much it will cost to be in the leadership role. I teach on team building, communication, and vision casting but paying the price never comes up.

Imagine for a moment if that salesman told me all of the specs and amazing things that the Corvette Z06 can do but failed to let me know the price I was going to pay. He would not be providing honest information for the sale. He can tell everyone the great things the car does but until he puts the price out there, he will never know if I am willing to drive the car home.

It is for that reason that I need to provide you as leaders this little bit of wisdom when it comes to the cost of Leadership.

This week’s experiment is to decide if you are willing to pay the price that is takes to be a leader.

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