A leader will often experience both pay-backs for their work as well as plenty of pains in disappointments, criticisms and failures. And often their insecurity is also their greatest enemy.
Recently Beth Moore said: ‘If pride is the graveyard of all good leaders, then insecurity is the psych ward.’
How true but also how haunting for anyone who leads.
Just like any other leader out there, I wrestle with these essential questions: Who am I? Why do I do what I do? How do I do it?
John the Baptist was an amazing Biblical example who demonstrates a healthy tension: he was staggeringly humble yet truly influential (in Jesus’ estimation).
I wonder whether there is a hint why – he was brilliant at understanding his own identity:
‘There was a man sent from God whose name was John.’ John 1:6
His grasp of his frailty (‘a man’) and its limitations is in a perfect tension with God’s invested authority (‘sent’) – that’s where the influence comes from.
A wise Christian leader would be just like John – recognising with humility his frailty but also realising they are invested with God’s authority. Paul very often would use the same tension in his introductions.