What if the focus on discovering our leadership strengths has crippled our influence?
Every leader has strengths and weaknesses, but these distinctions don’t go far enough. How do I know this is true? Because this polarization of skills will often keep a leader from growing and developing.
When everything is either a strength or weakness, we stay within our strengths and allow the weak ares to become an excuse for failure.
“Ohhh. yea. Sorry about that. I’m totally weak in that area.”
It’s also possible to believe the lie that some of our weakness can be developed into a strength.
To be effective in ministry, you need to be more than one dimension. You may be great with people or details or speaking or encouraging or equipping or gathering other leaders. The best leaders are great at lots of things. AND THEY HAD TO DEVELOP WEAK AREAS.
You want to be more than just the natural strength of your personality. You have potential you’ve never dreamed about. But to discover it, you have to get rid of a couple phrases, things like…
“That’s just not me.”
“I have other strengths.”
“I’ll never be good at that.”
“Other people are so much better at that than me.”
… need to be erased from the language centers of your brain.
Yes, there are some things that are outside of your reach. A cat will never be a dog. You’ll never be the President of the United States. Learning to serve out of your core strengths is important. However:
You have weaknesses that need to be developed into strengths.
You have strengths that can become a crutch, an excuse to not develop other areas of your life.
Where are your strengths? Where are your undeveloped strengths that you are mislabeling as weakness?