Insecurity and the need to be needed and liked can be a motive to lead, and perhaps is for a great many leaders. John Maxwell observes that, “If you need people you can’t lead people.” Leaders who need the accolades and approval of others to feel good about themselves can be very dangerous leaders.Read the rest.
Recently, in my times with the Lord, the issue of motive has surfaced. What drives me to want to lead? Is it love for Jesus? Is it love for people? Is it a desire to see God’s purposes carried out? Or is it all about me: how I am perceived, how successful I think I am, how people view me and evaluate me, how much they like me . . . or don’t like me?
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