“In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 4:2).
BUILDING TRUST IN FOLLOWERS is probably the most crucial skill that a leader can work on. Building trust centers on being a leader who lives on the foundation of CHRIST, CHARACTER, and COMPETENCE. Trusted leadership begins with people sensing that the leader is walking with the Lord by having a vibrant prayer life and encouraging others to seek the Lord in prayer. People also look for a leader who has both godly character and
competence. The absence of any of these creates insecurity and distrust among followers.
Trust is at the heart of being an effective leader. One can’t lead without trust. Let’s examine a key principle in each of these three key areas.
– CHRIST – Leadership comes from Christ living in a leader. People trust Christ and the level of intimacy that you as a leader possess at a heart level. This forms the basis of the vision, which is directly connected to God Himself.
– CHARACTER – Character qualities of integrity, honesty, and humility form the basis of having a trustworthy character. This, in turn, forms the basis of values that are directly connected to relationships.
– COMPETENCE – Being equipped and skilled are critical to trusting the mission, which is directly connected to the task.
We see the three-legged stool of trust: (1) Vision, Values, Mission, (2) Christ, Character, Competence, (3) God, People, Task. If any one of the three legs is shorter than the others, the lack of trust will grow to affect the whole.
“A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.” — Charles Kingsley
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The devotion above was taken from the 52-week Devotional entitled “Experiencing Christ as Life and Leader”.
Many give a mental assent to this teaching yet are often asking, “What do I do? What does Christ as life look like?“ Too often Christians err by moving too far to one side or the other—reducing the Christian life to a list of do’s and don’ts, or they actually do nothing.
These inspiring weekly devotions are just some of the actions that reflect the life of Christ in each of us, and they explore four areas as we follow the One Leader, Jesus Christ –
- A Foundational Focus
- A Personal Focus
- A Relational Focus
- A Missional Focus
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