I read I Corinthians 3 this morning and verse 18 really spoke to me in regards to leadership.
"Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise."
Here is what I journaled.
Let no deceive himself
One of the great dangers or flaws of a leader is a lack of self-awareness. Resulting in an inflated view of our intellect, character and capabilities leading to an inability to learn and to receive feedback.
If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age,
The key part of this verse for me is “in this age” part. In the realities we live in today things change at faster rate than imaginable. We need to be continually thinking and re-thinking our leadership strategies. The shelf life of our leadership learnings is very short. So we may be really wise -- just wise 10 years ago.
let him become a fool that he may become wise.
This may sound contradictory. Yet there is great wisdom in this statement. For me, to be a fool in this context means two things:
1. Because I do not know a lot, I have a lot of room to grow and learn, which is where I always need to be as a leader in continual growing and learning disposition.
2. I may overlook conventional wisdom (what has been proven to be successful ) and be willing to take a risks and be open to ideas and thinking that is fresh, new and sometimes beyond my realm of understanding.