Leading with GRACE is as much about leading one’s self as it is about influencing others. In order to lead with GRACE, one must be filled with GRACE. Influence and making a difference is impossible when you walk around with a chip on your shoulder. In order to make a difference in the lives of those around us, we must Lead with Grace.
As the 12 hand-picked leaders of Israel’s tribes spied on the Promised Land and its inhabitants, only 2 returned with a good report. Joshua and Caleb did see all that the other spies saw, but the grace they had seen IN the Lord and received FROM the Lord fed their faith. This faith caused them to Lead with GRACE. Read this account in Numbers 14:36-38,
So the men Moses had sent to explore the land, who returned and made the whole community grumble against him by spreading a bad report about it— these men who were responsible for spreading the bad report about the land were struck down and died of a plague before the Lord. Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.
For most, the beginning of our leadership journey finds us uncomfortable in our own skin. When we discover the insecurity in self, we attempt to be like others. Like the great Giant Slayer David, who tried on King Saul’s armor to fight Goliath, in time we discover that trying to dress in someone else’s armor doesn’t work either.
Leading with GRACE begins with being comfortable in your own skin. If you can’t accept and have grace for yourself, you’ll never have grace toward others. Leading with GRACE requires we know who we are, which allows you to inspire others. To touch the lives of those around us (family, friends, and co-workers), requires grace.