You’ve probably heard the advice. I know that I had heard it: “you can’t get too close to those you lead.” I can’t even remember the reasons why that was supposed to be a bad thing. Perhaps the danger was that “they” would see that you’re a lot more human than they expected, and as a result be disappointed and their faith weakened or something.
“…one day I realized that keeping everyone at a distance was a double-edged sword. The good news was that if I kept people at a distance, nobody would ever hurt me. But the bad news was that no one would ever be able to help me either…I would take the time-and the risk- of getting close to people and letting them get close to me. I would vow to love people before trying to lead them.” (Leadership Gold, p.3)