Healthy Leaders


Is Leadership Worth It?

Elaine VitikainenElaine Vitikainen

Who on earth would choose to be a leader? It is such a tough calling. It rarely leads to fame or fortune. Over the years as a leader I’ve often wondered about the cost and whether it is all worth it.

I’ve spent much of my leadership time in meetings. Some have been helpful and inspiring but many were frustrating and discouraging. As a leader I feel that I’m expected to do more than is humanly possible. And there is always more to do. People expect me to know everything. I’m meant to be in control. People want to be my friend, but if I do not do what they want, they quickly consider me an enemy.

Yet Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt 11:28-29). Admitting our tiredness, weaknesses, limitations and vulnerability before God and others allows God the space to work in us. God promises rest for our bodies and souls. He will also renew our joy and peace and give us the courage in facing the huge tasks ahead. We can lead from a place of rest, not hectic schedules. We need to work from a place of rest.

A place of rest does not mean the absence of meetings, travel, difficult people and hard decisions. It does mean that God’s grace will be sufficient for you, just as He promises:

My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)            

This week, what can we do to lay down our leadership burdens? What does accepting and relying on God’s grace look like in the office? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

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