Just as one lays foundational structure before building a house, much preparation must be done in a leader’s life that will provide a firm foundation on which effective leadership can be built.
Leadership always begins and ends with who you are. Your leadership, as well as your life, will mirror your character – both good and bad. Makeup of competency, relationship, and character will ultimately determine the success of your leadership.
In the book of 1 Timothy 3:2-5, Paul states that a potential leader must “be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)”
In other words, Paul is saying that if a leader cannot effectively lead himself and his household, what business does he have leading anything else.
Too many leaders today are more concerned about their “position” of leadership than “who they are” as a leader. They are failing to lead their lives, and those around them. It’s time to commit and develop ourselves in the art of self-leadership.
The author Arthur Friedman states, “Men of genius are admire. Men of wealth are envied. Men of power are feared, but only men of character are trusted.” Without a foundation of trust, people will simply not follow you.
Again, our effectiveness as a leader is only as good as “who we are.” So who are you? Consider the following questions and answer them truthfully from your heart.
What are the complaints and compliments your repeatedly receive from others?
- What do other people honestly see in you?
- Do those closest to you respect you?
- Do you feel the need to hide “the real you”?
Thankfully, the God who saved you and called you is the same God who desires to grow you into the image of Christ. In subsequent articles we will discover God’s growth plan for your life and how you may participate in this exciting process. You can become the person you desire to be and one that others desire to follow.
It’s important to take time to assess where you are in your development. You might be living in an adult body, but only have the emotional maturity of a child in many areas of your life. If this is the case, then your effectiveness as a leader is limited to that of a child.
By Haley Shurz