Leaders are often recognized for their external outcomes. They are praised for the teams win, a relentless pursuit to greatness or an unwavering commitment to a cause greater than themselves. What if a leader could be measured by the motives of their heart? For the purpose of this writing, let us consider the benefit of a leader examining their heart matters and addressing them in a healthy process-- might it enhance their leadership? Could this stewardship of heart matters be one of the greatest value adds in leadership? Would constantly checking your motives help you assess the potential of your leadership and its impact in your areas of influence?
The heart is central to our daily living-not only physically, but it penetrates our soul and spirit. Dallas Willard says in Renovation of the Heart, "the human heart, will, or spirit is the executive center of a human life. The heart is where decisions and choices are made for the whole person". That is its function. So if a leaders heart is central operations in the natural, then spiritually it is critical to have an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent force dominating our heart space- GOD through Jesus Christ.
As a leader you must ask yourself what is dominating your heart space. In Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for your Heart, Kyle Idleman says to determine the gods that are at war in your life you must 1.) Look at what you pursue and 2.) What you create. As a leader your understanding of this is critical to your success in walking fully in all that you have been designed to do-- Your heart matters in every decision, as those decisions lead to outcomes that impact your bottom line. What is in your heart?
I will trust in the Lord with all my heart, and will not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge him, and he will make straight my paths. Proverbs 3:5-6