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Leader, you are not immune from the devastating effects of a fallen world in which you lead. Here’s an excerpt from a recent report from Fox News:
Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway pitchman, was sentenced today in federal court to more than 15 years on child porn and sex charges
Here are five takeaways from this situation from which you as a leader can benefit:
- Famous Doesn’t Mean Infallible. Just because you may rise through the ranks of your organization as a leader, it doesn’t mean you’re immune from failure. In fact, the higher you rise, the greater the temptations.
- Accomplishment Doesn’t Mean Acuity. Jared is most known for his dramatic loss of over 200 pounds attributed in part to his diet of Subway sandwiches. In today’s world, this is quite an accomplishment. But it isn’t the cure for remaining keen and sensitive to the alluring desires to be fuzzy about the Truth.
- Restitution Doesn’t Equal Redemption. Fogle is reported to have agreed to pay a total of $1.4M to his 14 victims with each getting $100,000. This is due to a justice system in our country which requires payment for crimes committed. It’s a distinct difference to what Christ has done for you and me. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. In essence, Christ became our restitution for our redemption.
None of us is immune from mistakes. The minute we believe it won’t happen to us, it will.