Act Your Age…Not Your Shoe Size
Bible Reference: Hebrews
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Hebrews 6:12 NIV
In this passage the author is referencing their discouragement within the Christian church receiving this letter. He believes they took early steps towards spiritual development, but have since taken steps backwards.
In a similar sense, one must demonstrate continued growth towards their personal development as a leader in order to be an effective influencer of others.
This is an area where any of us can fall short. It appears there is an ever growing tendency to not take personal responsibility for our actions. If a leader does not practice accountability, the whole organization will suffer. Others will soon follow and no one will be answerable.
A competent leader is able to control their emotions. Worthy leaders take the next step and are able to understand others emotions too. Leading others’ can be very complicated, but if you don’t meet people at their own level and further develop their capabilities, it will continue to stay complicated. Leaders start with understanding others and move them into areas of growth.
Once personal responsibility and emotional control are common place in an organization, collaboration can become a valued practice. Maturity gives us the capability to work together while allowing for free exchange without the worry of being judged. The organization becomes a group of departments that enjoy working with each other and strive to see each other succeed.
The spiritual maturity of the Hebrews was important, and so is leadership maturity.