WISE INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Volume 15, Number 7 – July, 2021
Greetings. In this Titus Connection, part 3 of a Shepherd’s Way is featured. Relationships and you as a leader serving others meet here as the article unfolds. Then from the life of Ananias, we are given a very quick one day snapshot of a believer who with a lot of courage, obeyed the Holy Spirit’s leading and played a role in Paul’s spiritual journey. Enjoy and pursue being the best shepherd to the people to whom you have been entrusted by the Lord. Mike
A SHEPHERD’S WAY – HELP YOUR SHEEP IDENTIFY WITH YOU
As you read through John 10 and the account of the Good Shepherd, we learn that the sheep knows their shepherd’s voice and stay away from a stranger’s voice. A saying growing up for me was, “Stranger – Danger”. That is what it is here. The sheep will stay away from the stranger because that is danger to them.
As your flock of those you have responsibility over whether in church, business or team setting learn more about who you are, they will trust and lean on you. People actually do not care how much you know and everything else about you UNTIL they know how much you care for them. If you want your people to identify with you, then you need to get close enough in their lives to see who you are and that you do care for them. Then they will come when you call on them because they know you! There is no getting around that truth.
You build into their lives and eventually they will build into yours. They then believe you have their best interests in mind especially when you have to perhaps reprimand or correct something they are doing wrong, or possibly even having to let them go as we talked about in the second principle. If you are a good shepherd, there are going to be times that you have to inflict some level of discomfort or pain in their lives, to help them become the best they can become.
If you want to impact people, your flock, you need to help SHAPE them (from principle 2) and then put your mark on them. As you allow people to get close to you, you will leave who you are on them, your personal imprint, and that instills a sense of meaning and belonging in your team. They see the real you, they see your heart, they see that you want the best for them and that you will do whatever in your power to protect and help them succeed – that creates meaning and belonging.
When people on the team can point to and acknowledge together what you as the leader (shepherd) stands for, they will rally around you and identify with you because you have gotten close to them and identified who they are and you care for them. It is time consuming and not the easiest thing to do. Make sure they know you love and care for them regardless of their lives’ situations.
Being a person of integrity and principle, having high standards of morals and judgment are vital. You are authentic and pursue the best for yourself and others (1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:23). Be compassionate and gracious, trustworthy. Always be interested in them and who they are, helping them to pursue their purpose in life. Take the time to get personal with them by making them the most important person in your world at that time. This is how the sheep will know your voice and not stray from you, even when discipline is involved.
What is important to the individuals on your team? Do you know more than their name? What is going on in the lives of their families? When there is joy and excitement, do you join in? When there is sadness and tragedy, do you ache and hurt with them? Do you regularly and intentionally pray for them?
Have you or I placed people on our “team” to make us look good or determine what we can use them for, to make us look good? When someone on the team does well, does that person get the credit from you or do you steal their “thunder” and take the credit? There are many more questions I need to ask myself to work at being the best shepherd I can be to whom God has placed responsibility upon. God gives us responsibility or stewardship with people placed in our lives. Will God be able to say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with what I have given you, now be faithful with more responsibility.”? May God find me faithful.