(Week five of this 5 week series taken from a talk given at the RFC Leadership Summit.)
5: Ready to learn
As we look at leaders at RFC and actually across the board, we must be those who never got to a point when we think we have made it. We will always be a faint reflection of the great leadership that Jesus brought to bear as he walked on the earth and we must recognise that and remember that we are a work in progress.
his takes great humility. Being learners means we need to acknowledge we are not the finished article and that we are just on a journey of developing our gift the same as any one else.
We need to be those who are learning about ourselves constantly. Now to deliver this with integrity, you need to know that I find self reflection very hard. It’s not natural for me and so I have to work on it. Sean is a trusted friend who is able to draw stuff out of me to help me to reflect and over time I have become better at this, but it isn't my default way of thinking.
As leaders we are under the microscope and we make mistakes. It’s not always easy to hear that especially when we feel we are giving our all. Over the years I have received criticism that has been really painful and at times have felt that it has been harsh, but at the very core of what has been said there has been something to learn from. If we shut out criticism and don’t sift it we will miss the learning point. Even the harshest criticism will teach us something if we let it. This therefore means we will be teachable, ready to receive criticism well and ready to learn from wherever the learning may come, even if it’s from the new person on the team!
Being ready to learn also means that we will take seriously our walk with Jesus. As his disciples we constantly need to be growing in our understanding and knowledge of our God, who sent his son to display these five attitudes and more.