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Embarking Blog

...on the journey towards restoration of all things

Luminex Blog: The Self-Aware Leader

Tom Elenbaas

One of the most important qualities of a high-performing, healthy leader is self-awareness.

The longer I've been in ministry, the more I've learned about the importance of self-awareness. We humans have a profound propensity to self-deception. In other words, we fool ourselves.

In truth, facing our weaknesses, our sins, our short-comings, our failures, and our unintended impact is incredibly difficult. In fact, writing that sentence stresses me out! It's no wonder Brené Brown has become such a hit with her teachings on shame.

Taking the journey of self-awareness is an important journey for leaders.

However, it is difficult to change something we are unaware of. Ask yourself how many leaders you know who exhibit a glaring personality fault or character flaw that everyone around them seems to see, but they appear to be unaware of?

Is it possible that those around you and I would be able to answer that question about us?

Here are a few suggestions for becoming a more self-aware leader...

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The Golden Rule [in context]

Tom Elenbaas

We saw 50 people killed in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando; the shooting of Philando Castille in Minnesota; the killing of Anton Sterling in Baton Rouge; the shooting of 11 officers in Dallas ending in 5 deaths; and this doesn't even include the many unreported shootings throughout our country in the past month. Is it possible that the Jesus way is actually THE way forward? Is it possible that, as GK Chesterton says, "The Christian faith has not been found tried and wanting, it has been found difficult and untried."

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The Pace of Change

Tom Elenbaas

"On almost every important business index, the world is racing ahead. The stakes - the financial, social, environmental, and political consequences - are rising in a similar exponential way." [John Kotter] I have some serious questions rattling around in my own head and heart as I both experience, study, and lead in this rapidly changing world.

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