The following quotes about leadership are from Ministry Insights. Ministry Insights is a great resource for those who are attempting to grow as a leader and assist others in their leadership development skills.
Each Leader is Unique
“Like He does elsewhere in scripture, God provides us with this tangible image to help us understand an intangible concept. Each part of the human body is unique and fills a special role. Likewise, each member of a team is unique and fills a special role.” (Ministry Insights – Exercise: What Value Do You Bring to the Team)
All Leaders are Different
When you are first introduced to a new co-worker, you may recognize a strength set and style different from our own. It’s natural to be attracted to differences, acknowledging how another’s strengths complete you. But as a relationship progresses, perspectives change. Often the traits you initially valued as strengths become the very things that you soon judge as weaknesses.
The Law of Differences holds that there are just two paths we can take as we observe others’ differences.
- We can value another’s individual differences (focus on strengths)
- We can judge another’s individual differences (focus on weaknesses)
Every Leader Has Their Own Natural Strengths
Each person has natural strengths. Natural strengths are an individual’s unique ways of going about the tasks of daily life. Each member of your team brings his unique combination of natural strengths to the group. (Ministry Insights – My Strengths, Your Strengths, Our Strengths)
All Leaders are “One-of-a-Kind!”
Each member of your team brings his unique combination of natural strengths to the group – a one-of-a-kind manner in which he accomplishes tasks. That unique combination of strengths brings value to the team.
When team members know their value, they flourish. When they understand the value others bring to the team, they can better understand how the team fits together to make a unified whole. There are several ways your team can benefit from processing each member’s value to the team.
- Team members can identify their individual strengths they bring to the team – and recognize strengths other team members bring, too.
- Team members can find ways to maximize their God-given strengths in their work and become even more valuable to the team.
- Team members can develop a deeper appreciation for what others bring to the team, which grows interdependence.
Good Leaders are Good Communicators
Good communication can be a powerful asset in building your team and breathes life into the work you do together. And as you probably know, poor communication can tear apart a team, damage relationships, and destroy the work you’re trying to accomplish.
Most people are not surprised to learn that each team member is wired to communicate differently.
What surprises them is how differences in communicating bring strength to the team. As team members find out how others are wired to receive information, they can make small adjustments in how they communicate. In customizing their communication with each other, they breathe life into the team rather than destroy it.
Real Leaders Know How To Blend a Group Together
Mere tolerance presents yet another problem. Rather than embracing strengths in others, tolerance merely endures them. By saying, “That’s the way you are? OK. Whatever,” you simply allows others’ differences to exist.
That approach separates people. Deep down, each of us craves acceptance and affirmation of our uniqueness. Tolerance says you are not like others, so you don’t fit in (you are isolated) or your differences are simply endured (but not celebrated).
Rather than simply “putting up with” others’ differences, God calls us to embrace them. And with good reason: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7, ESV).
The strengths you have been given and others have been given are for mutual benefit. Combining them together is God’s design and offers advantages for everyone. (Ministry Insights – Choose to Blend Your Strengths With Others)
Leaders Appreciate Differences
That you have differences with others is a given. Understanding those differences is another matter altogether. Do you seek to understand how those differences can be strengths?
Most people embrace the default view that differences are a problem: others are not like you, so you cannot get along (you judge others); you are not like others, so you don’t fit in (you judge yourself); or you consider the whole matter to be irrelevant (you judge the idea of differences.) For instance, you may prefer a tidy workstation and look down on your nose at those who have papers everywhere. Or you may revere those who home school and feel your parenting abilities will never measure up to theirs. Or you may simply consider yourself a one-man island, isolating yourself and ignoring the richness differences offers.
Scripture cautions us about judging differences: “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2, NLT). (Ministry Insights – Choose to Understand Others’ Strengths)
A Leader Trusts God’s Word
God’s Word explains how He has wired each of us with unique strengths.
Studying God’s Word for yourself is a powerful way to learn to lead from your strengths. As you study what God says about differences, you are better able to embrace your individual strengths, the strengths of those around you, and blend to build healthy relationships. You undergo a personal journey of discovery. (Ministry Insights – How to Study Scriptures About Strengths)