Welcome back Be the One family!
Pastor Steven here, I am so excited to go into the next part of our series on leadership, "Being Teachable"
As a leader, it is imperative to grow continually. There is always a new lesson to learn or a new method to apply. To grow continually means more than just jumping on a website and learning a few new concepts. In order to maximize your growth, you will want to learn from others' mistakes and experiences. As we unpack the next stage in the Process of Leadership, it's important to understand the value of being teachable.
Philippians 2:3 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself." Teachability: A high desire to learn and then pass on what’s been taught to others. All of our leaders understand we “make it better.” Staying teachable allows you to grow continually. Growth happens as we allow others to speak into our lives. We want to be leaders who don't avoid instant feedback rather we desire it. We are okay with challenges as long as they are not attacking. We understand there cannot be real leadership without accountability. It’s so exciting to see the high capacity leaders God is bringing to Be the One. With that said, giftings, talent or years of success doesn’t always translate to being teachable.
To grow continually takes teachable leaders who decide to live free, feed a desire to learn and grow and become someone who is a culture carrier. Be the One embraces a culture of learning. Proverbs 9:9 "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning."
We are praying for wise leaders who understand the importance of teachability.
3 ways to become a teachable leader:
1. Live Free Leaders thrive when their soul is being healed. We all have baggage and brokenness. Our prayer for you is that you move out of bondage into freedom.
Everyday, We are all in a battle for who or what we will serve. It’s an all out war. This war is fought in our mind and is designed to damage our soul. For us to live free, it's imperative that we recognize who is the enemy. To live free means we stay intentionally engaged so our soul can have freedom.
2. Feed your Desire to Learn and Grow Growing continually means expanding your inputs. This is how we model respect and humility. As leaders we leave behind condescending attitudes so love can grow. Remember, teachable people crave input and feedback.
John Maxwell says, “Be willing to accept feedback and criticism without defending yourself. Otherwise, you’ll only receive it once.”
Leaders don’t just show up to work. They should have a desire to expand their wisdom, knowledge, and perspectives. Allowing moments to learn and moments of challenge will expand you not decrease you. As you make the moves to step into difficult moments, it will only improve the abilities you already have.
3. Become a Culture Carrier Every organization has a culture. Teachable people don’t just jump in and attempt to change the culture they add value when they carry it. This is HUGE! At Be the One, we have a life giving culture. We’re believing for leaders that model teachability and carry their responsibilities like owners. Sure, there will be seasons and stages of life where people will only come to attend. We love that. We want to be a place of stability, but one of our major values is to help people fuel their purpose. This can only happen with a spirit of respect and humility. For people to step into their purpose it takes giving and receiving respect. Everyone on our team is serving. Everyone is worthy of respect. Humility in leadership isn’t weakness, it's the ability to listen and prefer others. The leader that respects you and walks in humility, allows trust to grow.
Be the One family, I want to challenge you with these thoughts: What example in your life have you seen the detriment of teachability? How have you witnessed teachability in your work environment?
Love ya, Pastor Steven Sexton