My reflections from 21 most powerful minutes in a leaders day by John Maxwell.
The Law of THE LID — Leadership ability determines your effectiveness:
1. In your leadership, have you been more like David or Saul?
As much as I would love to say that I am more like David, I can’t. I think I have been more like Saul. Because leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness, I know my leadership ability is lacking in lots of ways, due to not only lids in my life but my lack of understanding the nature of leadership…just like Saul.
I have always thought leadership was just something you were born with and if you weren’t born with the right personality and attitude, there was no way you could ever become a great leader. But I am learning that this is totally a false way of approaching leadership, I have to want to change and grow in who God has called me to be, no matter what I think or feel; its time to improve myself consistently towards the next level…just like David did.
2. What lids exist in your life?
I am not a fan of this question. But I am sure that if I am truly honest, I could make a list the length of a football field but I will list the ones that have been floating around me for some time.
Fear. (…the unknown)
Insecurity. (…what others think about me and my leadership ability.)
Discipline. (…disciplining myself to learn and grow spiritually and demand improvement of myself.).
Initiative. (…being confident in creative ideas and taking the ‘dive’ whether others agree with me or not.)
Inexperience. (..my lack of experience because I am young.)
Denial. (…being confronted about a shortcoming or issue in my life and without confessing and praying about, deciding it’s not true about my life.)
Contempt. (…getting to a place where I don’t want to learn and grow as a leader.)
3. What lids can you lift?
I can lift all of the lids listed. For me, it’s going to have to start with my attitude and truthfully answering the hard questions to myself.
I cannot be a lid lifter if I am not willing to grow personally first.
4. Who are the lid lifters in your life?
I can feel that the list of lid lifters in my life is growing and I pray that I always have people to lift me up despite my shortcomings. I know that I can’t lift my lids on my own. I pray that I can be a lid lifter in their lives too.
5. Which one leadership concept, insight, or practice that you’ve learned this week will you pass on to another leader in the next two days?
Every leader has lids regardless of title, position, or achievement. I am going to lift the lids that I can on my own and be courageous and humble enough to grow through the encouragement and Biblical wisdom of those in my life who are lid lifters.