Perception Is Reality
Bible Character: Jesus
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
People held many misconceptions about Jesus. If Jesus experienced this, it is fair to assume we are all susceptible. Others’ perception of us often matters more than our own image of ourselves. What we have created in our mind may be the truth, but it’s not always correct.
As a leader, how do we shape our image?
Individuals view leadership from their perspective or department. If you invest in only one area, which quite likely is the area you enjoy most, it will be noticed. Your staff is observant, and soon they will sense you leaning stronger towards one area of interest.
Make yourself available as much as possible. I know people that have a closed door policy…literally…and it instantly sends a message, “don’t bother me”.
Often people’s perception is misguided simply because we don’t communicate properly. We may start a new policy within the organization, but if presented incorrectly, it will be viewed differently by the staff. Perception soon turns the policy into a “negative” instead of the “positive” that you intended it to be.
What is the difference between being called “coach” and “Vice President?” Can a title get in the way?
Jesus had a message from God that he was trying to get out to the people. He knew that if he started by telling everyone he was the Christ, his audience would have been distracted from his teachings. Similarly, we can’t let titles get in the way of your overall leadership message.