Being someone who wants to teach others about leadership, I need to be someone who understood leadership. I especially need to understand that just because I have been reading plenty of good books on leadership and plenty of articles and blog posts on leadership, it does not make me an excellent leader myself. I need to start living what I have read and to demonstrate the principles in my life. Otherwise, my message wont be heard, let alone being respected.
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her — because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47, AMP)
There was a time though when my leadership was still at its young beginnings and I knew next to nothing about leadership. I did not trust anybody. I did not know how or when to delegate. I did not encourage or empower people to grow. Worse still, I could not even lead my own life properly, and I certainly did not grow. Yet, my leaders were very understanding and very much forgiving and they continued mentoring me and guiding my hands regardless of the many mistakes I made. Later I learned that they had started their leadership just like me.
I made a commitment and a promise to myself that regardless of how much I have grown in my leadership and in my career, I will not forget my past and my humble beginnings. It was embarrassing to even recount it yet it taught me that everyone should be given their second chance. Our God is, after all, a God of second chance.
The same principles applies very much in many areas outside of leadership, such as in education, politics, business, and especially, in our spiritual walks with God. It seems easy to dish out judgement and criticism towards those who are struggling in their spiritual life, yet as we remember how much of a sinner we are and how much we have been forgiven, it then became natural and easier to forgive and to accept.
I leave this post with the following thought by Anthony Burgess: “It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.”