While listening to Charles Hazlewood on NPR's TED Radio Hour I was intrigued by his metaphor of trust in leadership and creative collaboration. Simply, he observes that good leadership requires trust of 1) yourself and your own ability to add value, and 2) the other players.
This ability to trust gives the opportunity to unlock the full potential of the others' creativity. It becomes a beautiful collaboration--it gives life. When trust isn't present, or the leader only imposes their own ideas, the creative process disintegrates and breaks down. I've experienced both kinds of leadership, and the former has helped me uncover my own value, abilities, and contributions--ultimately making the whole team or effort or organization stronger.
What if Jesus leads us like this, longing to unlock the full potential of life and truth and creativity instilled within us? I wonder how much more we would accomplish if we fully comprehended God was conducting us with full joy and confidence, awaiting our creative contribution or idea? What if God is the benevolent conductor of life, instead of a dictator forcing us into a metronomic life?
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