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Know Your Weaknesses

Know Your Weaknesses

by Angela McKnight
- Humility, Leadership, Teachability, Weaknesses

Do you know your own limitations?  Do you know your strengths?  As we lead, it’s important to know both.  When we know our strengths, we can focus our time and effort in that direction.  When we know our weaknesses, we can surround ourselves with people who can help us in those areas.

Take a minute and think about what you enjoy.  Many times, we enjoy those things at which we excel.  I don’t know many people who love doing things that cause them to feel inept or unskilled.  We don’t usually like struggling to succeed at something.  

When we put hard work into something that is fulfilling, something we enjoy doing, the load does not seem as burdensome as when we are struggling to do something that we don’t enjoy.

I understand that every area of leadership involves tasks we prefer and those we would rather not have to do, but the overall focus of the position should revolve around our strengths.

In areas of weakness or lack of knowledge, we should be diligent to seek people who can help shore up our inadequacies.  Sometimes that might mean delegating responsibilities to someone who is better equipped to handle them.  Sometimes it might mean learning skills that we do not currently possess.  In either case, we need to take action to bolster our success.  

If we fail both to know our weaknesses and to seek to eliminate them, we are hindering our ability to lead well.  So, consider areas in which you could improve in your leadership skills.  Maybe you need to find someone to coach you in a certain area.  Maybe you need to ask someone to take over responsibility in an area that is difficult for you.  

Asking for help requires humility, but Jesus certainly set the bar high for us with the degree to which He humbled Himself on our behalf, so we cannot fail to do the same for the benefit of those we lead.  Humbling ourselves and being teachable is an example in itself to those who are under our leadership.

Ultimately, whatever we do should be done with the understanding that we are working for the Lord, and our efforts will not be in vain.  Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us that whatever we do, “we are to work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” because it is the Lord Christ we are serving.  Any effort we expend in seeking to serve the Lord well is certainly worth our time and energy, and that includes minimizing our weaknesses in leadership.

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