In our long list of leadership tasks, we have simply forgotten the one metric that matters most. In our desire to be a great leader, and build a great ministry or organization, we have simply forgotten the most important asset and responsibility: PEOPLE.
There is a difference between being an entrepreneur and being a leader. You can be the smartest, brightest person in the room and do much harm to people. You can be right and not righteous about it. You can use people to get the work done. You can be so focused on problems, projects, and progress that you forget about people! n order to be a leader, you must lead people. This means you must care about those you lead.
Two thousand years ago when Jesus was asked about the most important command in the Bible , this was His response:
“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-28 (NKJV)
Jesus was clear: the most important thing…is love. We love God and we demonstrate that by loving people. Love is the ultimate measure of success. In fact, the Bible goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 13, that if we don’t have love, nothing else matters.
Too many so called leaders are brilliant thinkers, strategists, and communicators, but poor lovers of people.
Too many leaders deal with people on a daily basis, but frankly view people as a means to an end. If we’re honest, too many of us view the people around us as being put in place to help us build our kingdoms. We need staff. We need volunteers. We need members. So, we hire people and assimilate people, but we don’t care about them.
If we’re honest, most of us simply don’t believe deep down that caring about people is all that important. Otherwise, it would be our number one goal. It’s not. Too many of us measure our success by the size and number of likes, follows, subscribers, members, crowds, clients, campuses, and budgets we manage.
We live in this constant pursuit for the next silver bullet” that will help our organization break the next growth barrier. Every Leader seems to be in an endless pursuit for the right “strategy” or “systems” that will make their organization more effective. However, If history proves anything, it’s the fact that the next system or model will not fix our organizations. A healthy system requires healthy people. A competent system requires competent people. If we know what’s good for us, we will focus much on people We must stop chasing the next strategy, or system that’s going to fix everything and start developing people! Am I saying we should stop trying to grow our ministries and organizations? No! I am saying that we refuse to build our kingdoms and empires at the expense of God’s Kingdom and caring for people.
Questions For Reflection:
In my relationships, am I transactional or relational by nature?
Do I ever place projects over people?
How could make people a greater focus each week? At work? At home?
How could truly caring more about people, positively impact our culture and growth?