Letting go of the Plank


Development is an attribute of a trustworthy leader. It requires a humble attitude and a long-term commitment to growth and improvement. Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can’t expect an empty bag to stand up straight.” Neither can leaders expect people to grow, achieve goals, and improve the organization without investing the time necessary to develop them into top performers and men and women of character.

To do this, growth must first take place in the leader’s life. There are some attitudes and habits close to home that must be cleaned up. Jesus once said, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” What he meant, of course, is hat some strenuous self-examination is always a good first step in determining truth. We can’t spend our time trying to change others if we’re unwilling to first try to change ourselves.

After we let go of a few personal “planks” and seek to understand the reality of the environment where we lead, we will then be ready to powerfully develop others.

What are some of the things you are working on to become a better leader and developer of your people?


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