Since entering the world of ministry a little over a year ago I’ve learned many valuable truths as it pertains to leadership. Some I’ve learned the easy way, by listening to other’s advice and following direction. Others I’ve learned the hard way… from failing, screwing up, making mistakes…
One of the greatest leadership truths I’ve learned presents itself in the graph below.
The more I rise in responsibility and the more authority I gain, the narrower my freedom gets.
I’ve seen this play out in real life. My life. As I’ve risen in leadership and realize more and more eyes look up to me for advice, direction, counsel and leadership, there are certain freedoms I’ve had to give up.
Here are a few examples why:
To be above reproach (1 Thess. 4:7)
To avoid being hypocritical (Matt. 23:28)
To gain respect or trust (Heb. 12:14)
To not cause others to stumble (1 Cor. 8:9)
And if I want God to keep increasing my leadership I’ll have to continually sacrifice other freedoms as well.
Is it fair? I guess that depends on the way you look at it. Leadership isn’t a right. Leadership is a privilege, gained through trust, hard work and love.
Is it worth it? If it means I get to be a part of a bigger story, leading people to become who they were meant to be in Christ, than it really doesn’t matter what I have to give up.
Jesus gave His life.
What do you think? Is it fair? Is it worth it? How have you experienced the graph in your own life?