Lead from Your Strengths
Every job description will be shaped by the leader around their individual strengths. No JD is so tight that one can’t bring their best into how it will be executed. Thus, the same role will be done differently by two different individuals.
A key mantra for success is, “Operate in your strengths and staff to your weaknesses.” Now this implies that: 1) you are self-aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, and 2) you are able to recruit others with complimentary gifting and strengths. If, for example, you are in a start-up or pioneering situation, then one may not have the luxury of delegating to others for there may not be anyone to delegate to.
In 1 Timothy 4:14, Paul exhorts his son in the faith, Timothy: “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.” (NIV 1984) Paul encourages Timothy to use his gift (a potential strength) in the exercise of his leadership. And later in 2 Timothy 1:6 he says, “… I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (NIV 1984) That is, Timothy was to continually develop the gift (turn it into a strength) that was given him. Our gifting and abilities need to be maximized and grown to strengths for the exercise of our leadership.
It has been said, “You are to concentrate on the depth of your message and God will take care of the breadth of your influence.” Seek to grow in your gifting and turn potential into realized strength. Deepen the messages that God has given you. Put a sharp point on them and then wait on the Lord to give you the platform for their delivery. His ways and timing for platforming leaders are often different from ours and thus, it will be a walk of faith as you trust him for that influence with others.
Do you know your spiritual gifts? What are your natural abilities? Are you developing or neglecting these? Are you shaping your current job description around those abilities and gifts that the Lord has given you to steward?