Do you have an inner circle that will believe in your personal worth? (192-2)
Every leader needs someone who will give them wise counsel rather than a rebuke even when they need to vent. Read Matthew 11:1-6.
John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, had been imprisoned by King Herod for publicly holding him accountable for a moral failure. Prison stripped John’s inner circle of support from him and left him emotionally empty. John had a firm grip on his personal identity and mission; he knew he was called to prepare the people for Jesus’ message, but in a moment of weakness questioned Jesus’ identity. He sent his disciples to present his question to Jesus. Instead of reprimanding John for having doubts, Jesus provided the prophet with the information he needed to be strengthened and have his faith renewed.
Every leader needs some close teammates that will allow them to be totally honest with them even when they have doubts and fears. These teammates must believe wholeheartedly in your leadership and be totally trustworthy. They must see the big picture and view the bulk of a leader’s decisions as the norm rather than the occasional moment of frustration or discouragement. Those who are in this group must love the leader and see part of their mission as support and encouragement even in moments of anger or despair. This will be a very small part of the whole team and as a general rule the fewer in number the better. Those on this team will allow the leader to vent, and will have the courage to lend support through speaking words of truth.
Do you have an inner circle that will believe in your leadership even when you have personal doubts about the mission or your personal worth? Similar to John the Baptist’s relationship with his disciples and with Jesus, leaders need to have someone they can trust even in their moments of doubt.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
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