Every leader has a big temptation in front of them. The temptation is whether to be true to who they are or to be who they think others want them to be.
The shocking truth is that the people you lead want you to be yourself, not some fake.
Why We Struggled Being Our True Selves
Let’s be honest here, being yourself is scary. I remember elementary school.
Kids would pick on me relentlessly. Whether it was the fact that I wore Hush Puppies or that I was a giant among my peers. The kids in my school picked on and bullied me.
The sad thing about the constant taunting was that I was being picked on for things that I couldn’t change.
I couldn’t change my height. Yet they called me the jolly green A-hole (in reference to the Jolly Green Giant of Green Giant Vegetables fame). I couldn’t change my voice. Yet they chose that to make fun of. I couldn’t change my lankiness. Yet I was picked on for being super thin.
Growing up, we find ourselves bombarded with the fact that we’re not good enough. We need to improve. There is something wrong with us.
What does this constant taunting tell us?
You’re not good enough. You need to change. Something is wrong with you.
THAT RIGHT THERE….
That is why we struggle with being who we are.
You Are Good Enough (And The World Needs You)
While it may be hard to believe, you are good enough. You aren’t broken beyond repair.
No, not at all. Instead, you were created with a purpose in mind.
God has a vision of who you truly are. And it’s not what all the kids growing up told you.
You are a good creation. This point in time, you’re here for a reason. There is a plan for your life.
That vision, I believe, is one that sees you thriving and leading.
God knows what you’re going to face. Some of those things aren’t pretty.
However, that doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough.
The experiences you’ve faced, they’re going to help you get through the leadership blahs. They give you a unique voice that others can relate to. Your trials are battle scars you can point to and say “I’ve been there! I’ve done that. You can too!”
Don’t be ashamed of who you are like I was for so many years.
You have value. You are loved. And, gosh darn it, you are good enough to lead.