The Heart of Leadership – from John Maxwell’s Book “A Leader’s Heart”

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Read: The Heart of Leadership (Page 7)

John 13:4-5  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.  (5)  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

In these few verses we see a great example of true personal security. Not only did Jesus havesecurity, but He was also teaching others what that true security looks like by His actions and not just His words.

Truly being secure about who you are and what you are doing will motivate the right people to do the same. Those who are secure will then be able to help develop security in others. You attract what you are and you are only able to give that which you have.

Among the many things that need to be developed, true authentic security is probably among the most important. I say this because, at times, although someone may be doing all they can do, the results they were striving for may take longer than expected.

When this happens, if true security has not been developed, then they will be tempted to compromise their values or even quit altogether.

But, if true security has been developed, they will see it through all the way to the end because they truly believe in what they are doing and will stand by those convictions no matter who sees what or who says what! These kinds of people are very difficult to find!

Ultimately, the heart of leadership is most fulfilled when you see development take place in the lives of others. This brings with it a sense of purpose to your own life because you are living for something that is bigger than yourself!

Assignment: Be ready to discuss (comment below) about a time where you knew that you, or someone you were developing, had moved to a higher level of personal security and development. What was different about them that showed you this?

For me, it was when I saw that the ones I was developing no longer looked at the things I taught them as just for them. But, they were bringing others along and showing them the things I had taught as well, and by this, the team began to grow.

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Published by Jason Fulmer

Jason Fulmer is a Pastor, Human Resources Professional, and Development Teacher. He currently operates two blogs:, where he posts Bible-based development articles, and, where he posts personal and professional development articles. His life's goal is to encourage men and women to go to THEIR next level of living and leading. He believes the best way to accomplish this goal is through Education and Example!

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