Monday, October 23, 2006


When you sign on to be a leader, you sign up for a rigorous course in personal development. Here are a couple of leaders I admire, and their comments about the breakthroughs they experienced in their leadership journey.

Brennan Manning
When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security. We are no longer preoccupied with being powerful or popular. We no longer fear criticism because we accept the reality of our human limitations. Once integrated, we are less often plagued with the desire to please others because simply being true to ourselves brings lasting peace. We are grateful for life and we deeply appreciate and love ourselves.

Ray Stedman
The flesh, or natural life, likes nothing better than to hide or disguise itself. We all tend to fear rejection if we are seen for what we are. The Satanic lie is that in order to be liked or accepted we must appear capable or successful. Therefore we either project capability (the extrovert) or we seek to hide our failure (the introvert). The new covenant offers the opposite. If we will admit our inadequacy, we can have God's adequacy, and all we have sought vainly to produce (confidence, success, impact, integrity, and reality) is given to us at the point of our inability. The key is to take away the veil.

Maturity means knowing what your strengths are so that your don’t need to fight against them anymore.

Walker Percy: “To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in disrepair.”

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