Philippians 2:7-8:“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Luke 2:49-51:“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.”
Think of Jesus’ submitting to His earthly parents. I have to catch myself sometimes when I am dealing with people who don’t get things, who don’t catch on as quickly as I do. I make myself imagine Jesus and how patient he must have been with His earthly “teachers.” So we also as leaders have to have patience and humility realizing that some of the people that work for us don’t catch on as quickly as we do. I know that I have to realize at times that some of my abilities (mental faculties, etc.) are part of my giftings and part of the reason that I have been placed in a leadership position. There is a fine line here between recognizing your talents and abilities and arrogance.
As a leader, I am supposed to use my gifts to figure out ways to serve the people that work for me (help them find their niche, reach their maximum potential, get promoted, etc.) and to guide them and the organization to success. It would be a mistake to lord these giftings over them in a superiority ego trip.
Reflection: How’s your patience looking today? Are you caustic, critical or are you compassionate and willing to persevere with those who still don’t have it down? What key message, goal, etc. just doesn’t seem to be getting through? What can you do to make it clearer? How can you break it down to make it more digestible? What training may be needed to help people get it at the level they need it to be successful? Could it be something in the way you are communicating it? Are you using your talents to serve the people and mission of the organization or are you looking out over them perched on top of your talents and lamenting over the inabilities of those around you?
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