Inspiration and lessons for your leadership journey!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law...
As a leader, you are not ultimately judged by what you do and accomplish, but by what your team does and accomplishes. So, the question is how do you influence, guide, and empower your team to success?
St. Paul has some wisdom for you today. While you may become distracted by such things as policies, procedures, politics, audits, meetings, reports, and the like, it is essential to use your GPS for Leadership and to consistently return to your core mission and values. Whether you are Christian or not, the leader who uses the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in our opening quote have an edge over those who don’t.
As I point out in my latest book, A Travel Guide to Leadership, some of the most influential leaders in human history were models and messengers of love and the other eight attributes of the fruit of the Spirit: Buddha, Confucius, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, John Woolman (American Quaker and abolitionist), and Lao Tzu, to name only a few.
The most powerful relationships we have in our lives are with those people who lead us and with those whom we lead – in which leadership is a central element of the relationship. Parent-child, friend-friend, girlfriend-boyfriend, spouse-spouse, teacher-student, coach-player, boss-employee, – it is relationships like these that have the most influence in our lives and where the lessons of love and life are cultivated.
When we let go of our egos and competitiveness and stop provoking and irritating those we lead, work, and live with and replace that with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, we cultivate a power of influence that leads to success – a success that extends far beyond reaching metrics and financial goals.
Research backs this up. Leaders who demonstrate a more authentic, relational, servant-leader model and nurture that as team or organizational culture, not only positively affect the bottom line, they create what is called affective organizational commitment (an emotional attachment to, identification with, and involvement in the organization). If you’re wondering what that might look and sound like, think Google, SAS, and other “best companies to work for.”
Write down this question and the nine attributes of the fruit of the Spirit and pin it up somewhere you can see it regularly: “How can I incorporate the fruit of the Spirit as a leader today?”
Could you do that? Would you? When?
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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