Most basketball fans would say Michael Jordan was the best when it came to game-winning shots. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that MJ would take that final shot. And not many of us ever thought of betting against him. Why? Because he had heart! He had the confidence to say “I want the ball in my hands for the final shot.” His ability to handle this type of pressure is the result of having a prepared heart to deal with it. He was one of the most poised players ever and handled pressured situations like he had been doing it all of his life.
This type of confidence was developed out of much practice and preparation. We’ve all heard it before – the more we put in the more we get out. The heart of a leader is developed by what is put inside it. And whatever is in your heart determines your ability to handle the tension, stress, and strain of this life.
To handle the pressures of life the way Jesus handled them your heart must be filled with:
- The Holy Spirit
- In the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, in Luke 4:1 it says that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit.
- In Mark 6:34, we see an clear example of how Jesus lead with a heart of compassion for people.
- In the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus’ disciples saw this as an obstacle to serve while He looked at it as an opportunity to serve.
The heart of a leader is the most essential component of leadership. In the book “Lead Like Jesus” authors Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges, says that “in teaching people to lead like Jesus, we have found that effective leadership starts on the inside, it is a heart issue.
Is your heart in the right place for effective leadership? This week, focus on the areas of your heart that need growth in order to become a better leader.