My Tech handler, Dave has forced me to my desk chair for the better part of this morning in order to create some content for the launch of the new website. It’s been good opportunity to download some technical information to you guys, and trust me there is much more of that to come, but I’ve also have some thoughts outside of the Cerakote space lately that I think are worth sharing.
I ask myself all the time what makes a good leader? I wish I had the simple, one-line answer for you, but the Dichotomy of leadership tends to be more complicated than that. Below you will find a brain dump on some thoughts I’ve recently had on leadership as well as a word from, who I believe is the greatest leader of all time!
Lastness is essential in leadership, its putting others in front of yourself, and cultivating a servant heart.
Self-forgetfulness – not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
Humility – “ For those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12 How can you as a leader take the burden when it should be shared and share the reward when it could be taken? I remind myself daily that I deserved the cross, the burden I was due to carry was taken from me and replaced with a crown of Glory that I could never earn. If this was done for me, it only makes sense that I would try to do it in my life, I fall short of course; repent and try again, but the perspective is a true north if I let it guide me.
The greatest leader of all time said:
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28
Perhaps changing our perspective is the catalysis by which a change in our leadership is certain, maybe a shift in perspective is the jumping off point to fulfilling our passion and purpose in life. If you think that being a servant leader makes weak, I’ll challenge you to try it, you just might find that it takes more strength than you can muster, I know it’s a battle for me each and every day, but it’s one worth fighting!