Thursday, October 7, 2010

Leading From Who You Are

Part of my first seminary class involves taking the DISC and Myers-Briggs personality tests, as well as a spiritual gifts inventory. I've done these things before, and while one must take the results with a grain of salt, looking at some of the themes and patterns between different tests can reveal a better sense of who you are.

With a number of different church leadership conferences happening within one week of each other--NYWC and Catalyst come to mind--it's easy to come home with a sense of misplaced excitement. We feel we can do discipleship like Alan Hirsch, communicate like Andy Stanley, contemplate and ponder like Mark Yaconelli, have a youth ministry like Doug Fields, or lead worship like any number of worship leaders we experienced this week.

But I'm not Alan Hirsch or Andy Stanley or Mark Yaconelli or Doug Fields. I'm definitely not a worship leader. I'm me. And you're you. You can compare yourself to any number of leaders, parents, pastors, artists, celebrities, or other admirable person. But playing the comparison game won't get us anywhere. I think of the wisdom of Dr. Seuss:
Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
I'm the person God designed me to be, and I lead out of that. Instead of trying to become exactly like the leaders we admire most, we have to discern the Biblical leadership principles and wisdom they share, interpreting them and applying them to our own lives and context. When we lead from who we are, who God created us to be, embracing the story He's telling in our lives, then we're leading in truth.

The only leader I need to spend my whole life imitating is Jesus.

1 comment:

  1. Great insight & love the Dr. Seuss quote. Thanks for sharing = )