Real Leadership Requires Sacrifice.
There are many examples of leadership are out there and I have been so blessed to be able to learn from some of the greatest. Three examples are all around us.
Three that impacted me greatly are:
John Maxwell – “Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”
Marshall Goldsmith – “What got you here won’t get you there.”
John Kotter – “A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.”
No words impact me like the words of Jesus. No one inspires and reassures me like Him. He epitomizes what is it to make incredible impact by loving people like crazy. He was never too busy speaking to thousands that he missed an opportunity to teach the one right in front of him.
In John 10, Jesus lays out one of his most impactful lessons to his disciples. While describing himself, he also lays out what it is to be driven by a vision and how to influence with confidence and sacrifice.
- The Gate Keeper Opens the Gate for you – You are recognized. God Open the Door for you. If you are leading your family, your team, your division, your church or your company. You are created by God on purpose and for a purpose. He opens the gate for you and if He opens it, no one can shut it.
You can lead from this place of security. Even if you are not where you thought or wanted to be. God has you in the right place for this season. Lead well, where you are.
- The Sheep know your voice and will come to you. – There are specific people you are designed to encourage, reach and impact. Your job is to speak the truth in love, encourage, and help. Those that you influence, will be helped by you. Don’t change what God called you to do based solely on the feedback of people.
Only Jesus was deigned to reach the entire world. Not so with the rest of us. You don’t have to carry that burden. You just have to introduce them to a savior and let Him carry it the rest of the way..
Be impactful to those who are in your lives. Don’t miss out on the miracle God is trying to do through you because you were trying to get more “likes”, more followers or a larger audience. Don’t confuse larger crowds for more impact.
- You have other sheep… You just have to find them. As you are impacting those around you, God will call you to reach more. He will increase your influence and part of that may mean that He may move you. He may move you to a different company, a new neighborhood or across the country.
Don’t fall more in love with the comforts of your pasture than that mission that God gave you… to impact and love people. He will never tire of going after people so we must be willing and obedient when He calls us to go… or even more courageous….to stay.
- Lay your life down.…. Willingly… This is where Jesus goes all Gangster on people. He knows he will be taken to the cross, beaten, whipped and crucified. But he says. “No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want.”
While I am thankful for incredible leadership principles and models, It is only sacrificial, servant leadership that truly changes people. Models teach discipline and that has a purpose. Sacrificial love changes that heart.
We can’t do this on our own… At least not for very long. We give and then see how people react. What if we loved regardless of people’s reaction.? What if we gave up our paring spot to the guy who flipped us the “One Way to Heaven” while we were driving What if we were the biggest encourager and supporter of the person who got he promotion we wanted?
That love, real love is what will change the world.
Leadership isn’t about a title. Whether you are at the bottom or top of the organization, you are required to lead well. You have everything you need to accomplish your task today.
You were built for this. Let’s go Get it.