Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rebuilding Credit in Leadership

I got my first credit card right around when I left home for college. It's the only one I've ever had. Since then, I've been fairly faithful at making regular payments and not overspending, thanks to the thrifty monetary and budgeting lessons I learned from my parents.

When you move to a new country, your credit history doesn't automatically follow you. The credit card, the student and car loans, even the mortgage payments--it doesn't cross international borders easily.

The years of proving myself faithful and responsible there don't really matter if I haven't proven myself faithful and responsible here

Relationships in leadership work that way, too.

If you move to a new position or a new church, it may take significant time and patience to build trust and gain momentum, regardless of your relational equity in your previous role.

Building relational equity requires faithfulness and commitment. It is building trust with those around you, not with a motivation for political gain or a manipulative agenda. Love is the agenda. It is growing in love for the people you rub shoulders with, and being deliberate about spending time fostering healthy relationships. 

Trust takes intentional time.

I'm learning that I need to rebuild my credit both financially and relationally. I haven't completely lost it; it just needs a season to grow again.

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