……If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously…….
Romans 12:8 NLT
After reading the above scripture, it is clear that the Gift of Leadership should be taken pretty seriously, and in fact, I think our culture does a pretty good job of emphasizing leadership and teaching about it. However, my next statement is going to sound very counter – cultural to what we strive for as leaders.
I DO NOT WANT TO BE THE BEST LEADER THAT I CAN BE.
Here’s the thing…I don’t want to be the best leader, I want to be the most HEALTHY leader I can be.
There’s a difference. Healthy things grow. We can be the best leader where we are but we could also very well be stunted at our “best.” The question to ask ourselves is, “Are we continually growing?”
God gives us gifts and talents and our serious responsibility is to nurture them, grow them, take care of them, and make it more than what we first started out with. Everyone has the Gift of leadership, however, we each start out having different measures of it.
Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 NLT
We are managers of our gifts. God gave us an investment and we have a responsibility to give that investment back to God. I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”(Leo B.) Unfortunately, if we are not good stewards of the things that God gives us, He will take away what we do have and give them to someone who is faithful.
When I think of a HEALTHY leader, two words come to mind:
- Healthy leaders FLOURISH – Psalm 1:3 These leaders bear fruit in every season. They are inspired! They are internally motivated, not externally driven. These are the leaders who are free, think outside the box, and are not caged in to structure or people that are stunted in their own growth. One definition of “flourish” states that growth occurs especially as a result of a favorable environment. This begs the questions, “Who’s in your community? Who’s in your circle? Who’s sharpening your iron?” We may not be growing as healthy leaders because we are not surrounded by individuals who are also striving for the vision, dreams, and purposes in their heart.
- Healthy leaders FLOW – These leaders flow with culture, they don’t fight it. The key to being able to flow is to partner with the Holy Spirit so He can lead and guide you; engaging in culture without compromising your character. When we lean in to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He will REVEAL when to take risk or when not to; when to speak out or when to keep silent; when to move or when to keep still. Leaders who are able to flow with the current of culture have the best chances of changing it for the better, than those who fight against it. Healthy leaders are always relevant to the current trends and tides of culture.
Let’s be HEALTHY leaders, not just the greatest leaders that we can be. Our responsibility is to grow and flourish, not be stunted. Which one will you choose? Be Blessed! Be Revealed!