Many leaders falsely believe that in order to lead well, they have to exclusively superimpose winning strategies upon themselves, when in reality, great leadership flows from a healed heart. The best thing you can do for your “followers” (whether that be in work, friendships or family) is to run after personal healing.
Healed Leaders: Unhealed Leaders:
Accept blame and apologize Blame others
Ask questions to clarify Assume negative intent
WYSIWYG Hide things to protect reputation
Demonstrate empathy Criticize first
Realize their need for team Are fiercely independent
Give up power, control Must maintain control
Serve others freely Demand to be served
Love for others to have success Must be recognized, praised
Easy to approach Guarded
Value personal authenticity Value having respect
“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29, NLT).
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert” (NASB).
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