I am reading the book, Leading With A Limp by Dan B. Allender, and I had to share 4 quotes from this chapter on how our imperfections and failures help us succeed as leaders.

TAKE-A-WAY: We all need to see someone we respect lead in a way that stimulates a picture of what could be in a situation.

Leaders are not born, nor are they trained. They are imagined. Indeed, some leaders seem to slide from birth into positions of power, and training can enhance such a person’s leadership capacity. However, the guts to lead, fail, and grow come from seeing someone else do what you could not have imagined, but now can. (Kindle loc 993)

TAKE-A-WAY: Failure is inevitable. Don’t brace yourself for it. Embrace it.

No one can enter the tough terrain of leadership and not fail…

Lead in a way that requires grace to be more real than competency. (Loc 999)

TAKE-A-WAY: Live a story and then lead a story by sharing your story.

God calls leaders to tell a story of redemption through their lives as they lead others in the redeeming story of God. Leaders are primarily storytellers and story makers; and troubled people are called to be leaders because they create and tell compelling stories. (Kindle loc 1009)

TAKE-A-WAY: I can’t lead people to experience something I don’t depend on daily.

Troubled leaders live with their weakness on their sleeve, and it is through their weakness that grace comes to be magnified. Weakness is the big idea of the gospel, which makes it good news for us-who are not terribly healthy, happy, or holy. God’s servant leaders are intended to call God’s people to repentance and faith. And what better way for God to do so than to first transform the leaders, who are the people who need grace even more than those they teach, encourage, and guide? (Kindle loc 1014-1015)

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