All this week, we are going through some of my favorite things that I have learned while reading Brad Lomenick‘s new book, The Catalyst Leader. Brad is the leader of the Catalyst Conferences for raising and encouraging Christian leaders in the world today. Here is what I want to share with you today:
Leaders are defined by their inner strengths and convictions, not the outer portrayal of who they are.” (p.132)
This idea is pretty straightforward but worthy of contemplation. As leaders, you will always be up in front of people encouraging them or challenging them to do more. But we must never have our outward portrayal be stronger than our inner yearning.
One of my favorite worship songs is “From the inside out” by Hillsong United. In the song there is a line that has always resonated with me, “the art of losing myself in bringing you praise” and I think it truly helps give a greater glimpse of having our inner strengths pour out of us into every single one of our relationships.
This is my hope as a leader. I do not want to have people doing something that hasn’t resonated inside of myself yet. I can’t begin to lead people to a place I haven’t even had a desire for. It is unfathomable for that to happen so I am yearning to take myself deeper and deeper into all that God has for me. And then to take others deeper in that journey.
In closing, here is one last quote from this chapter of this great book that I think truly helps you and I see more clearly:
I think leadership just comes down to walking in a humility that allows you to learn from others and hear from others, that isn’t quick to judge, that allows you to give people the benefit of the doubt until they prove otherwise.” (Matt Chandler, quoted on p. 133)
We must remember that leadership is just walking the path before others and helping guide them down on their journey.