Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The kind of leader I aspire to be

There are no perfect leaders. The question is what kind of leader we aspire to be and what we are willing to do about it. I aspire to be a particular kind of leader that is counter cultural because that is what Jesus was. He sets the agenda for leaders who represent Him. I aspire to be a leader who is:

  • Humble - knowing who I am, knowing who I am not and knowing Who gave me the gifts I have and why He gave them.
  • Missional - possessing clarity on what God has called me to do and clarity on what He has not called me to do.
  • Healthy - in my physical life, spiritual life, emotional life, relational life and skill set.
  • Empowering - committed to developing, empowering and releasing others into their God given destiny.
  • Christ centered - where it is all about Him and not about me.
  • Intentional - living out the clarity that God has given me and not being distracted by less important things.
  • Learning - we never arrive and I desire to keep becoming better at what God has called me to do. My goal is to create a culture of robust dialogue and learning so that we never become complacent and always keep growing.
  • Gracious - treating people the way Jesus treated them and caring for them the way He cared for them.
  • Candid - without spin or pretense, providing honest feedback and analysis.
Those I lead will be the first to tell you that I don't do any of this perfectly but I hope they would affirm that this is my heart, my intention and what I aspire to. What kind of leader do you aspire to be?

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1 comment:

guatedoc said...

just curious why your explanation of the word healthy you don't include "physically?" I know in the West we have overemphasized this but I think the Church has also been hesitant (except the Adventists) to acknowledge that our bodies are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and that we should care for them. Maybe because our churches don't like to talk about how poorly her members eat and how little they move about.