27 Oct “THE POWER OF OTHERNESS & TRUE LEADERSHIP”
My first experience in leadership was at the age of 16, in Puerto Rico. I was the Arts Director of my church. I was excited, filled with ideas, passionate and ready to take on the world. Conversely I was also immature, insecure and worst of all unappreciative.
I made many mistakes that we could chalk up to my youthfulness and inexperience, and while this is true, I would add that my greatest fault was my lack of appreciation of others. Through the years I have learned the importance of appreciating the efforts, and time, provided by people who love and believe in the visions I have led. Nonetheless, what I learned hit home when I came to the realization that ungratefulness was the sign of a bigger problem called… Pride.
The Bible has a lot to say about what this insidious devastator of souls can do to mess up our lives and that of those we serve.
– “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2 ESV
– “One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” Proverbs 29:23 ESV
– “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 ESV
So you get the idea, pride is a huge roadblock on the way to becoming a true leader. Pride is viciously concerned with only one thing, and that is itself. No one wants to be seen as a fool or a failure, and that’s natural, but when pride is our driver we will stop at nothing to make sure we are seen as in control.
The sad thing is that every moment we allow pride to ravage more of our hearts the casualties keep mounting higher and higher, but who are these casualties? They are the ones who selflessly serve. Our volunteers, staff, members and families. It is impossible to appreciate and serve those who give of their time if pride is driving our agendas.
So what are we to do? How do we overcome this cancer of the heart known as pride?
As leaders we overcome pride through humility. Humility is the ability to truly prefer another person’s well-being above your own. When we truly seek humility we grow in wisdom and appreciation of what others have done and continue to do in service to the Lord.
Humility will engender true leadership 100% of the time…
– True leadership is bathed in the ability to prefer others above yourself.
– True leadership is consumed with finding ways to serve and appreciate others for all their efforts.
– True leadership is inspirational and spent in seeing others attain their God given call.
Ask yourself, “Am I creating conditions that will put others before me?” “Am I developing a culture that consistently reminds those served how valuable they are?” “Does your vision make room for the development and growth of those who serve?”
At the end of the day our pursuit of humility is crucial because once attained it engenders true leadership which always create a culture that provides purpose, meaning and extraordinary conditions for those we serve.