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One of the most frustrating traits in a leader is inconsistency. One day we are doing this. The next day we scrap that plan and we are going to try that. A week later it’s something totally different.
Following an inconsistent leader is tiring and exhausting, because the people never know what to expect. When you consider Jesus’ preaching, teaching, and interactions with his disciples, his message stayed the same.
In Matthew 11, John the Baptist was in prison and he sent Jesus a question asking “are you the one or should we be looking for someone else?” Here is Jesus’ reply:
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. – Matthew 11:4-5
Everywhere Jesus went...this is what he did. There was no deviation from the plan. There were no mixed messages. He charted the course and stayed on it until the work was completed.
Yes, he made detours along the way, but the message and the plan were consistent. I know they say the only constant in life is change and that is true. However, being a consistent leader matters. If you are constantly changing directions, methods, or strategies without giving them time to work, you will frustrate your people, and eventually, they will stop following you.
Competence is when you have the knowledge, judgment, and skill set to do something and to do it well. Another way of thinking about it is that you are qualified for the task. As a leader, people are looking for you to demonstrate your ability to lead. They want to know that you have the ability to navigate through the situation and move the ship forward.
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he was constantly showing his disciples that he was able to lead them.
For Peter, it began with the miraculous catch of fish.
For the Samaritan woman, it was a conversation at the well.
For others, it was when he fed the five thousand, healed the blind man, or maybe when he got down and washed the disciples' feet.
For you and me, it’s the fact that he died and rose from the dead.
All of these things, throughout Jesus’ life, let us know that he had what it takes as a leader. He was constantly demonstrating his knowledge. Constantly demonstrating his skill. Constantly displaying proper judgment in every situation.
Every time he did this, he was validating the trust his followers put in him as a leader. When people see your demonstrated ability they, too, will put trust in you to lead them.
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