You ever feel a sense of inadequacy? The more I lead, the more I realize I am an inadequate leader. Who am I to help others when I myself need help?
I always thought that leadership meant having it all together, being indestructible and having all the right answers. If this was the case, I would be the worst leader in the world because I don’t have it all together, am not indestructible and don’t have all the right answers.
There is no such thing as a perfect leader. Leaders have faults, shortcomings and failures. They will make mistakes, but it is in those moments of inadequacy that a leader can either lead or fall into the background.
Too many times I have tried being that perfect leader and when a moment of inadequacy came to the forefront, I fell into the background. I tried to cover up my lack of competency, my mistakes and even my sin. I covered up my flaws in order to be a flawless leader. I thought people needed a flawless leader, but a flawless leader is a terrible leader.
I have no power to change someone. No matter how much I invest in someone and love on them, I don’t have an ounce of power to change them. It doesn’t matter if I have all the right answers and never mess up. The people I am leading don’t need a have-it-all-together leader.
A leader isn’t someone who outshines others with their high competencies and perfect character. A leader is someone who humbles himself and allows others to see their flaws. If we cover up all of our flaws, we try to be Christ in someone’s life. That is dangerous!
Philippians 2:3-4 says that Christ, “being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing.”
You want to be a good leader? Humble yourself! Realize you are inadequate, but it is in your inadequacy that Christ’s love, grace, mercy and compassion shine bright.
Just remember that a leader needs to have high competencies and mature character, but they are not to be perfect because they can’t be. It is in those moments of imperfection that Christ’s perfection becomes visible.