We are familiar with the foundational principle of God’s Kingdom, the Law of Sowing and Reaping. We see this principle in our ministry to leaders. How vast may be the impact of a choice by one leader upon an inestimable number of others!
One small miscalculation by a driver that causes an accident may affect the schedules of thousands of other persons. So also, the attitudes, words, or actions of our leadership disrupt or empower others. Moreover, the initiative to restore or redeem others in their failure may lead them to be a redemptive force in their world.
Recently, we observed a gathering to resolve a conflict. At first, defending motives and explaining actions characterized the dialogue. Then the perceived leader of the group identified from his own experience with one of the parties in the conflict. Immediately, there was a spike in clarity and empathy in the whole group. In turn, other participants began to identify more fully with the degree and kind of hurt that had been experienced. This realization eventually led to several requests for forgiveness permeating the conversation.
As leaders, we need to recognize our influence impacts others more than we may realize. Let us take the initiative to enlist, to empathize and to empower.