Vacation Week – Guest Blogger Eve Annunziato

This week while I’m on vacation I thought I would introduce you to some of the great chicks that I am honored to work with.  Leading us off is Eve Annunziato, Cross Point’s Family Ministries Program Director.  Eve is a fire-cracker of a leader and a dear friend.  Please welcome her and be sure to stop by her blog too!

My Leadership Crush

Before I begin to explain my personal crush, let me introduce myself.  My name is Eve Annunziato, otherwise known as the wife of weatherman, Charlie Neese (meteorologist for Nashville’s CBS station). I wear the weatherman’s wife title proudly, but I also have another gig, Family Ministries Program Director for Cross Point Church.  A place I consider my house of worship, my family, my home away from home, and my community of beautiful friends. I have the distinct privilege and blessing of serving on staff with Jenni.  I’m most proud of not only calling her a colleague but my dear friend for more than nine years.  I’ve chosen to post an excerpt from my blog about humility.  I think this topic is apropos, since Jenni’s an influential leader of integrity, humility and character.  It’s an honor to be her guest blogger today!  So, here ya have it:

I have a major crush; an affinity and admiration for any leader who possesses the virtue of humility – a rare find.  And much to my chagrin not a feature I personally possess. I am drawn to people with authentic humility (aren’t we all) and I constantly aspire to embrace and acquire more of it as I grow as a leader.

The bible, what I consider the best-written guide for teaching and strengthening your leadership skills, puts it this way:

First pride, then the crash – the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. Proverbs 16:18 (The Message)

Leading a flock has a way of exposing the flaws of our own personal vanity. If we can adopt a teachable spirit, we can begin to shift our management focus away from exalting our own successes.  Don’t overlook the essential component.  Modesty is compelling, pride is repelling. Humility in an organization will create a loyal environment, trustworthy relationships, and quality results. Additionally, an unassuming spirit appeals to others, as they, too, aspire to achieve the same unpretentiousness.

Currently, we’re reading the C.S. Lewis Narnia Chronicles with my son, an allegory full of symbolism and positive life lessons. While focusing my effort to “teach” my 9-year old about effective human behavior, I myself am unpacking a ton. In “The Horse And His Boy” I was once again reminded of this illusion of arrogance. Bree, the intelligent horse, is condescending toward the main character, the young boy Shasta. Bree considers Shasta a “foul” and underprivileged kid well beneath himself. This self-proclaimed war-horse with great skill and courage gallops with conceit. Yet, when Bree hears the strong roar of the notable lion, Aslan, (considered the Christ character) he runs for the hills out of panic and ignorance. The horse was frightened and his failure, he soon admits, was a humbling experience. Yet Shasta, unafraid and in his unassuming fashion, proves his faith and courage therefore earning the respect of the tribe.

Proverbs advises that when pride comes, shame follows; yet when humility comes, wisdom follows. That’s the path I’m striving, earnestly, to pursue during my leadership trek.

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  • Christina Schmidt September 2, 2008  

    If only more leaders realized the humility brings wisdom part, the world would be a MUCH better place!!!!

  • Laura Morris September 2, 2008  

    Eve, that hit the spot.This blog came at the right time for me, as I am dealing with the issue of pride in many parts of my life. I am so thankful that our church is made up of leaders who show us what humility looks like.

  • brandiandboys September 2, 2008  

    great reminder, eve. as always, love your insight! 🙂

  • janowen September 3, 2008  

    for me this has been a hard road because I tended to equate humility with a lack of confidence in myself and even being apologetic about what God called me to do. I am gifted – as I’m sure you are Eve – in some ways that make some others around me uncomfortable. How do I with humility obey God’s calling when stepping into non-traditional or just new roles seems arrogant to some? No one argued with me about the “caring” I do with my team and church members, but teaching? leading more than just my own team? That probably seems a bit arrogant to some and that made me shy away. For years I just avoided the conflict that presented to me. Until now. I’m really trying to move forward as God is calling, but to stay gentle and humble at the same time, praying for those who don’t understand. It is hard because I am not always sure what humility looks like. I think for many years I thought it meant I could not be my true self for fear of offending others…….

    Perhaps that is off topic and it might not make sense to you, but it is a struggle of mine for many years. Is it okay to be who God created you to be (even as others disagree), boldly use your gifts and move forward? I think for a long time I confused humility with being retiring or something. So I’m learning what true humility is….

  • Eve Annunziato September 3, 2008  

    Isn’t that the truth, Christina. If I realized that on a daily basis, my world would be a better place!!

    Thanks, Brandi for your kind words and your post!

    Jan, thank you for sharing your heart. I understand your difficult situation. I’ll be praying for you and I, too, have lost the true meaning of humility in the past. Keep moving forward as you help bring people closer to Him.

  • Charlie September 3, 2008  

    Great stuff. If more leaders subscribed to these philosophies, we’d have better leaders…