shifting is leading
I was recently sitting in on a leadership meeting where my Pastor shared, “If change is the ladder to growth, then what worked in 2018, won’t work now.” To me, this statement ungirded an important action that I had been overlooking, and sometimes burying in my personal leadership for quite some time: SHIFTING.
I don’t know those areas that you might detour around as a leader, but shifting is one of mine. Perhaps it is my personality, my palette for stability & routine, or my ingrained behavior, but shifting wasn’t on my radar when it came to leading. Oftentimes, I can view attractive leading as paving the way, making and enforcing the direction, and seeing the necessary positions before they come. But leading isn’t only all this.
Shift can be defined as: a slight change in position, direction or tendency. Oddly enough when I look at this definition, the word that catches my attention first is slight. Quite honestly, I don’t always know how to be slight. It is either all or nothing. And because I don’t know how to be slight in my position or tendency as a leader, shifting doesn’t look too friendly to me either.
This circles me back to how Pastor Joshua Redding opened the meeting and how I began this blog, “If change is the ladder to growth, then what worked in 2018, won’t work now”. I have come to realize that shifting allows change to occur. A slight change is sometimes all that is needed, yes the ever so slightest shift in position or tendency.
And lastly, just because shifting is slight doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful. Shifting requires effort, intentionality. It empowers a leader to take something that already is and ask new questions. Shifting allows me to develop the who, how and what that I have been currently overseeing. Shifting gives me new eyes.
Whether it fits my personal makeup or early conceptions of leadership, I pray you find me shifting in 2019. For shifting is the new leading.