Leading – Part Three

headinthesandSelf-aware leadership, how our insecurities influence our decisions

Insecurities, we all have them, they are unavoidable.  Left unnoticed they can be devastating to those around us and detrimental to how we lead.  Often our past experiences create a framework for how we make decisions and they become so second nature, over time we lose awareness of them.  These create blindspots in our leadership.

It’s estimated that each of us have three to four of these insecurities that left unaddressed create blind spots in our leadership effecting our decision making process.  We are not aware of them because they have become part of our normal mental process, but those around us can call them out at a moments notice.  These blind spots, or insecurities, are generally focused on two areas; self-protection or self-promotion.

Jesus encountered an individual who was well respected and, by his own account, had kept all of the commandments, but when Jesus asked the man to abandon his wealth and follow him, the man couldn’t do it.  Jesus was not being cruel, he was helping the man with his blindspot. Peter needed the same kind of help from Paul in the book of Acts as Peter began to avoid connection and fellowship with Gentiles due to peer pressure.

Insecurities don’t make us bad leaders, not being aware of them causes us to often make one-sided decisions that protect or promote ourselves.  Jesus was able to avoid falling into the temptations Satan threw at him because he was secure in who he was, God announced it at his baptism.  We need to find our security in who God believes us to be.

It doesn’t come easy at all, Jesus refers to it as the narrow road.  None of us will fully grasp it, but we should all begin the journey of leading like Christ with his character and his priorities.  I have linked a couple of book studies below that I have found helpful in this journey.  I would also recommend getting in touch with our Spiritual Formation Pastor, Marty Hunt, who can help you along the way.

Here’s a couple of book summaries to help. Our agreement with Leadership Studies allows us to share these with everyone who is influenced by Richwoods.

Inside Out, by Kevin Harney 

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, by Ruth Haley Barton 

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On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2017 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.

Knoxville Campus: $34.3K
Parkway Campus: $2.1K
Total Giving: $36.4K
Weekly Anticipated Giving: $39.1K

If you have questions about the information shared in this fyi, you can contact our Executive Pastor, Joel Dryden by email.  You can also leave a comment below.


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