The Transparent Leader
It takes time to prove oneself. I wish I could cling to the idea that I serve God, not man, denying the need to prove myself… to be a people-pleaser. I don’t mean not loving and serving the church, but rather not being consumed with what others think or conjure up in their minds based on their own insecurities. What if I could fully embrace my leadership without fear of failure to His people and to Him?
I remember the early years…
I walked on egg-shells, concerned that the glass walls that encompassed my every move and the moves of my family would be shattered. I allowed the church microscope to reign.
I can now say that I am becoming more comfortable in my own skin. I am embracing my personality and finding that people are more receptive to me as a leader when my flaws, imperfections, and heart are more transparent. The fear is subsiding, not gone, but subsiding. My confidence in Christ has grown, the baggage of failure from the past has been dealt with, and I am ready to press on.
Where did we ever get the idea that leaders had to be perfect?
Nearly every leader I talk to starts out with a story like this one. We begin our leadership journeys with this fear of potential failure, of the need to prove our worth, of the fear of being found out for the broken, fragile humans that we are.
This story was from a young leader and friend who was sharing her heart and journey with me via email. She graciously agreed to allow me to share this portion of her email because I felt like she represented what so many of us feel.
I wonder how much time and influence we waste when we’re so wrapped up in these fears?
I wonder how much better we could lead if we were comfortable leading from a place of transparency and authenticity right from the start?
Have you been there too?