A Deeper Look into 7 Insights We Can Model from The Leadership Journey of Jesus – #3 – Perspective

This is the 4th post in an ongoing series on the leadership journey of Jesus. You can find the introductory article here, and review insight #1 – Awareness – here as well as insight #2 – Alignment – here.

This week we are going to address the idea of having a true leadership perspective. Perspective can be defined as:

1. a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance
2. the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity:

In the Leadership Journey, perspective is a state of mind, not a skill to be mastered. Gaining leadership perspective comes as a direct result of mastering the first 2 insights that we discussed in this article series; Awareness and Alignment.

The natural and expected consequence of being fully aware of reality and then aligning yourself with that reality is a perspective founded in reality. Clarity, intentionality, strategy, stewardship and ongoing motivation all flow out of the right perspective. Because Jesus was fully aware of His reality and fully aligned with His Father’s will, he had the proper eternal perspective. He had His eyes constantly on the prize. He had His eyes constantly on the cross.

Research has indicated that one of the top factors that determine the success of a ministry and it’s leadership is their ability to set realistic expectations. Realistic expectations are a natural overflow of a right perspective. Unrealistic expectations are a natural overflow of a perspective that is founded a lack of awareness and alignment with God and are a sure fire formula for disappointment and ultimately failure.

One of the problems with having a wrong perspective is that it can create a wrongly appointed destination. The second part of our definition of perspective says perspective is to have “the proper point of view”. Without the proper point of view we will find ourselves arriving at a location not in our best interest, or God’s will. Perspective sets the trajectory of our journey. What may be a small miscalculation today, can send you miles away from your target years from now. How can you properly lead others without a clear and certain path toward success based on a right perspective?

Perspective is the map that is created by God for us and our ministries as a result of awareness and alignment. Jesus always maintained a right perspective, even in the midst of extremely difficult circumstance and challenging leadership obstacles. His leadership map, forged by a Godly perspective, was always there for Him to follow. If there were ever any lack of complete clarity, prayer would provide the perspective map with additional insight.

Concerning your own leadership perspective, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I completely sure that my current trajectory will hit the proper target God has appointed?
  • What are the factors that have influenced my perspective the most?
  • How does my current perspective determine and effect my mood, emotions and motivation?
  • What percentage of my perspective is founded in awareness of Biblical reality?
  • What percentage of my perspective is founded in holistic alignment with the Father?
  • What can I do or learn to bring more clarity to my perspective?
  • If everyone around me shared my current perspective, where would that take us?
  • What are the three major components of my current perspective? What defines it?

As you can see perspective is an internal vision that will produce an outward reality. You will ultimately always travel within the parameters of your current perspective. You may have noticed that the first 3 insights into the leadership Journey of Jesus are all internal. Leadership can not truly begin externally, only internally. You must master self leadership before attempting to lead others well.

How will you develop your own internal self leadership this week so that you may become a better leader of others? I would love to hear your comments and engage in a conversation.

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About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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