How the Greatest Leader Handled Criticism
Bible Character: Jesus
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:23 NIV
Jesus Christ received more than his fair share of criticism.
It is easier today, than any other time in history, to be critical of others. Our communication systems are changing, affording people the convenience of offering critique without any liability.
Working within an organization requires engaging with other individuals, leaving us susceptible to the temptation of speaking negatively of others.
One of the favorite topics of discussion and criticism can be leadership. Sometimes it’s justified…sometimes it’s not.
The first human reaction is to become defensive. I do not endorse that a person cannot defend themselves, but the best leaders do not become extremely uptight every time criticism is leveled.
Fair or unfair, criticism will come your way, and at times it can be hurtful. Some things to evaluate:
Recognize if the critical words are from those who do not have a vested interested in you.
Going through adversity is an essential aspect of growth.
If criticism is unjustified, it provides opportunity to exercise forgiveness.
Possibly there is some truth to the criticism?
Our worst critics are not as tough on us as we are on ourselves.
Jesus knew words were important, but actions are truth. In spite of the criticism he continued to heal the sick, raise the dead, love his enemies, and spread God’s message.