If you are a leader of a team of people, empower the members, don't make them feel like they are lower or less than you. Help them see how they can make smart decisions on their own. You get more out of a team if they see how you empower and encourage them than if they feel forced to do certain things if you're micromanaging.
I'm seeing more and more how the management of people is really about the management of various kinds of potential and ideas and concepts and resources. It goes deeper than just telling people what to do. Anyone can do that. But can your team understand WHY you are asking them to do what you've asked them to do?
Moreover, does your team feel like they can come to you with their concerns, or do they feel afraid of being bashed and attacked and micromanaged by you? Also, does your team follow your direction because "they have to" or do they follow you because they truly respect where you are trying to lead them because you actually know where you want to take them, which I hope is towards greatness and success?
As a freelance graphic designer, I wish I could say I designed that cover for Bishop T.D. Jakes' new book, Instinct, which is in stores now. But I can say that I really do want to get my hands on a version of this (i.e. for Kindle or a hardcover). And I encourage everyone else to get a copy of this book as well! I have watched different messages by and interviews with Bishop Jakes about instinct and I've really been inspired. One thing he's been saying is this: "It's good to have intellect, but don't forget about instinct. Intellect loads the gun, and instinct pulls the trigger. You might have a lot of bullets, but what's the point if you don't know when to pull the trigger?"
Instinct is that little nudge you feel to go ahead and embrace that new opportunity. You might have great intellect, but without good instincts, you just might miss a prime opportunity for success. ... You might know a lot about something, but knowing about that thing and knowing how and when to use it are two different things. The timing of what you do is so crucial when stepping into your purpose, when stepping into destiny.
You are not a mistake or a mishap. God created you on purpose for a purpose. So seek God's purpose for your life. God gave you everything you need for every environment He ordained you to be in. Moreover, you can have all these accomplishments and look successful in the eyes of the world, but still not be fulfilled and satisfied. You might have five degrees and a good job, but if you don't know what God ultimately created you to do, it doesn't really matter. Bishop Jakes said while preaching at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas on one occasion, "People might tell you you're doing good and you've come a long way, but it's not about doing good, it's about being fulfilled." That is a powerful statement!
The thing is, how do we know when we are walking in fulfillment? How do we know we are fulfilling the right things God wants us to do in life? We know when we come to flow in our right element. Some people are struggling because they are not operating in their proper element, doing what everyone else is telling them to do. When you know what God's called you to do, you can flow in the right element and it won't be a struggle as you live for an audience of One.
Do you see a fish or a shark struggling in the water? Do you see an eagle struggling in the air? No. It's because they instinctively know what their elements are. You've got to find your zone. You've got to find your proper element. When you do that, you'll be better off. And getting into that right zone might mean leaving some things and people behind. As hard as it might be, sometimes it must be done. When God called Abram (who later became Abraham), He told him to leave all that he knew to go to a new place. Imagine if Abram had not obeyed God? Then he wouldn't have become the father of many nations. There are going to be some people who are going to be mad because you left them behind to do what God's called you to do, but so be it! God has something new for you that is going to blow your mind and it will blow the minds of your supporters and haters alike.
You've got to have courage to move forward when people are trying to hold you back. Whether you know it or not, some people around you can sense the greatness in you for your future. They might be quiet about it, but they can sense it. People can do either one of two things when they sense the greatness God put in you for your future: they can try to help you because of your future or try to hurt you in spite of your future. Watch out and be careful about who is in your circle(s).
As you step out as a new leader, some people might try to set some things up for you to do, but that doesn't mean it is in you to do it because God might not have put it in you to do it. Some people have good intentions, but they can miss it if they don't know exactly what you need when you need it. But be careful, some people are right on point in their efforts to help you. Are you gracefully receiving the help or are you in the way?
When you are flowing in what you know God wants you to do, no devil in hell can prevent your ultimate progress! If God called you to it, He will bring you through it. Be encouraged, God will perfect that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8)!
I was reflecting on the dialogue between Bishop T.D. Jakes and author Malcolm Gladwell about using your instincts and facing your various "Goliath" sized challenges in life, and this is what came to mind: Every fighter, every champion needs an opponent or a challenge that is worthy of their time, energy, and focus. You might have a goliath as your opponent. But you don't have to be afraid of it. My first point is this: because of his size, it is very likely Goliath had a certain medical condition related to his pituitary gland that made him slow and blind. Moreover, David had God on his side. So Goliath had more vulnerabilities than we realize if we are simply taking the Biblical account of David vs Goliath at face value.
My second point is that when you go into battle, you plus God makes the majority. You might feel fear at first. But let it not be the antithesis of your faith. Feel the fear and fight on anyway! Maybe your Goliath is entering a new domain or arena in which you are the novice and those around you are experts. Or maybe you are working on a new project for a notable client. Whatever it is, you can be victorious in Christ. Instead of focusing on how small you are, switch your focus to how big our great God is!
(Streamed live on June 24, 2014)
Description: #1 bestselling authors Malcolm Gladwell (THE TIPPING POINT, DAVID AND GOLIATH) and Bishop T.D. Jakes (INSTINCT, REPOSITION YOURSELF) get together to talk about obstacles in life and how they are best overcome.
Moderator: Patrik Henry Bass is an award-winning writer and editor, with an extensive background in publishing covering books, history, lifestyle and popular culture. Bass currently serves as editorial projects director at +ESSENCE Magazine. The Zero Degree Zombie Zone, his first children's book, will be released on August 26, 2014 from +Scholastic.
These are just some of the many great quotes from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that truly stood out to me:
"Where do we go from here? To chaos or to community? ... We say 'No' to chaos and 'Yes' to community." (Reverend Bernice King)
"Dr. Martin Luther King gave a powerful voice to the quiet hopes of many." (President Barack Obama)
"Because they marched, city councils, and legislatures changed. Because they marched... eventually the White House changed." (President Barack Obama)
"They were seeking not just the absence of injustice, but the presence of economic opportunity." ... "'What does it profit a man,' as Dr. King would say, 'if he can sit at an integrated lunch counter, but cannot afford the meal?'" (President Barack Obama)
"The promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together." (President Barack Obama)
"The fierce urgency of NOW remains." (President Barack Obama)
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.