Yesterday morning as I was driving in for services at Cross Point, I was anticipating the day and how I could best support the team. I was wrestling with my own insecurities and feelings of inadequacy and desperately longing for some affirmation. The kicker is that my role is not one that gets a lot of public praise. As Executive Director I spend much of my time directing and managing behind the scenes.
While I was thinking through that jumbled mess of thought and emotion, I tweeted this thought:
“Sometimes what you think you need the most from others is actually what you most need to give.”
I’m wired to be a critic. That’s my natural bent. It tends to make me very good at some key parts of my job, but if I’m not careful it can make me a very poor leader.
As I was wrestling with my own need for affirmation, I was convicted that it is not something I naturally shower on others. I was really challenged by how much I need to grow in this area.
So my Sunday lesson this week was to add “Executive Affirmer” to my job description.
What part of your job do you have to work hard to be better at?