Leadership ability must be filled with humility. Humility is the ground wire that protects you when lightning strikes. Storms happen. Your leadership ability is not tested by fair weather but rather in the storms that come your way. Do you handle the toughest challenges with grace and humility? The people around you also have storms to deal with in their own lives. One of the greatest tests of good and godly leadership is in how you treat people around you when they fail the test of a storm in their life. Here’s what the Apostle Paul has to say about this very issue:
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. (Galatians 6:1-3 NLT)
Doing this well will increase your level of influence with others to new heights. However, failing to practice this principle will most certainly erode your effectiveness as a leader. You must choose to do this well in order to not only grow your capacity as a leader but to also help others recover and grow as well. Are you ready for the next storm? It’s coming!
~Vincent Van Gogh