Yesterday, we started looking at how to grow leadership. The SCOPE of leadership can be enhanced by addressing five key areas. These may even apply to ourselves, as we look to maximise our own effectiveness and to therefore overcome some impediments that can be excused where we limit ourselves to being ‘just the way we are’. Knowing ourselves well means knowing our strengths and weaknesses, but also our avoidances. And sometimes, we need help in the form of a bigger tractor to pull our own one out of the mud of life!
- Passion. John Wesley said that if you catch on fire with enthusiasm, people will come for miles to watch you burn. What are you passionate about and how is this passion submitted to God? Leading with passion is proactive and inspiring, but it needs to flow from a heart that is devoted to God, so that our passion is not simply some kind of unhealthy distraction. It is out of the abundance of the heart that our mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34) and our talk therefore betrays our interests.
- Experience. What have you done that might inform you or assist you to serve best? What do you lack that might need attention or upskilling? Also, what negative experiences might have a hook in your heart and therefore restrict optimum growth? Being self-aware is not easy, so friends and coaches can be ‘accurate mirrors’, as can the Word of God (James 1:23). Speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) is of enormous importance in shaping the best in people, and not just adjusting to the status quo.
These five areas can be addressed in us and in those we influence for great growth. It is easy to avoid change and often hard to see the need for change. The key is ‘heart’. Being helped and helping others needs truthful, transparent and trusting relationships that consciously affirm the best interests of the people concerned and then confront some short-term pain for long-term gain.