As leaders, we can become fearful regarding the part we play. There have been many times fear has come upon me as I’ve contemplated the task at hand. We all have the responsibility to connect people with their Heavenly Father. It is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. When we recognize the weight of this reality, the enemy can use that revelation to speak fear into our lives. We must refuse this fear!
Recently I read Psalms 138:8 which says, “The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” [NLT]. Notice that in a single verse David declares a truth about God and his doubts about the very truth he declared. On one hand, he understood that the Lord would work out his plans for David’s life. On the other hand, David felt the need to cry out, “Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”
Leaders project strength. That is the goal, but it is not always the truth. It’s not that leaders are liars, but that no one can be strong in everything all the time. Every leader has areas in which they are weak. The team leaders work with makes the difference between a leader who’s weaknesses are liabilities and a leader who’s weaknesses become strengths.
Leaders are often frustrated by the fact that their words, lessons, and rants aren’t making a difference in the lackluster performance of their team. Your problem may be that your leadership is muted. You are saying the right things, but your team can’t hear you. Your words are being drowned out by the screaming reality of your example. The most impacting lessons you will ever teach will be taught as others see what you do vs hear what you say.