In Acts 22 Paul is telling his story to a group of people. He goes on to tell about his encounter on the road to Damascus. I believe there are two things from Paul’s story that will help anyone who is in a position of leadership. If you are struggling with your leadership and you are stuck at a certain level not able to move up the ladder of leadership, I believe these two drawbacks are probably the case for your stalemate.
1) In order for a leader to get to the next level, you must be willing to be led by the people you are leading.
Paul was knocked off his horse and blinded. He couldn’t get to the place he was going unless he humbled himself and allowed himself to be led by the people he was leading (See Acts 22:11). Too many times as leaders we believe that we have all the answers. We think that we are the smartest person in the room. We think that there is nothing we can learn from the people who are underneath our leadership. When in fact sometimes the only way we are able to get to the next level of leadership, we need to be willing to listen to the ideas and suggestions of the people we are leading. We need to humble ourselves, admit our insecurities and weaknesses, and confess that we don’t have all the answers. If you are not willing to be led at times by the people you are leading, you will never reach your full potential as a leader.
2) Sometimes the people you think you have to get rid of are in fact the very people you need to get to the next level.
Paul was on his way to Damascus in order to kill Christians. One of the men that he was trying to get rid of was in fact the very person that he needed to pray for him and restore his sight in order that he could move into the purpose and calling that God had for his life (See Acts 22:12-13). I heard T.D. Jakes say that in order to tell the true character of a person don’t look at how they treat people who they believe they need, but look at how they treat the people they think they don’t need. Sometimes the reason why you are being held back in your leadership is because you are trying to get rid of the people that you need in order to move forward. You are overlooking or neglecting the very people that have what you are looking for to take your leadership to the next level.
So are you willing to humble yourself and be led by the people you’re leading in order to break the stalemate in your leadership? Is there people who you are overlooking or neglecting in your life? Have you fallen into the trap that you have or have to have all the answers? Are you trying to get rid of certain people who you need to reach the next level of leadership?