Trust you all are enjoying the summer break! Had a parent friend send me this quote from Darren Hardy at SUCCESS Magazine that I found interesting.
“I believe we are beginning an era of authenticity. People want to connect with what’s real, open, honest, transparent and authentic. If you want to be a leader of the future, this is one of your greatest keys. Open yourself up to others. Be real. Lead by example in your honesty and openness. If people can feel you, connect with you, they will charge through walls for you. That is real leadership.” Darren Hardy, SUCCESS Magazine
I would agree that the emerging generations are more keenly aware and motivated by authenticity and are developing a life learning plan that seems to be predicated more on the reality of circumstances than on spin and appearance. There are days I wonder if the church has not put a greater premium on the spin wineskin than on the actual message (the gospel of Jesus Christ). I was simply reminded as I read this passage this morning that the Bible reminds us in choosing the least of Jesse’s 8 sons God spoke through the prophet Samuel and reminded those leaders that,
1 Sam 16:7, The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” NIV
Thanks be to God for your authenticity and your honesty despite what the circumstance may be, modeling authentic leadership first involves being honest with self and God. Know today that you are loved and appreciated!