Welcome to another week in “The ‘Inner Circle’ of Leadership Excellence” series. 🤩

Reminding that I'm taking inspiration from some of the commentaries by John Maxwell on his Leadership Bible, the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader. 

This week we will be talking about a quality that is extremely important, in leadership and in life overall. COMMITMENT. 

Commitment isn't just a word; it's a way of life, a steadfast dedication to a person or a cause. And it is one of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader.

Quick recap of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader.   

21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader:

Character
Charisma
Commitment
Communication
Competence
Courage
Discernment
Focus
Generosity
Initiative
Listening
Passion
Positive Attitude
Problem Solving
Relationships
Responsibility
Security
Self-Discipline
Servanthood
Teachability
Vision

Let's unpack this concept through the contrasting stories of Jesus Christ and Simon Peter in Luke 22:54-62.


In this passage, Luke vividly portrays the stark difference in commitment between these two leaders. While Jesus remained unwaveringly devoted to His mission and His followers despite facing betrayal and rejection, Peter faltered.


Initially, Peter boldly declared that he would never disown his Master. Yet, when put to the test, he denied Jesus not just once, but thrice before dawn broke.


Peter's lack of commitment had already begun to show in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he found himself unable to keep the promise he had made to Jesus.


As we analyze Peter's progression, we witness the stages of declining commitment:


Stage 1: Distancing Peter followed Jesus from afar (Luke 22:54), indicating a reluctance to fully engage. He was no longer willing to lay down his life for the cause.


Stage 2: Division He sat among those who were indifferent to Jesus' fate (Luke 22:55), torn between loyalty and apathy. He had become a lost soul, torn between two worlds.


Stage 3: Delusion When confronted, Peter denied knowing Jesus (Luke 22:57), betraying his inner turmoil and weakness, even in the face of minimal threat.


Stage 4: Denial His denial became more intense (Luke 22:60), as he distanced himself from any association with Jesus. What was once fervor had turned into outright rejection.


But commitment isn't a one-size-fits-all concept. Jesus recognized this and met people where they were in their commitment levels:


Level 1: Curiosity - Come and See At this stage (John 1:35-51), Jesus engages lightly with those who are merely curious. Look for chemistry and budding loyalty in such interactions.


Level 2: Commitment - Come and Follow Moving beyond curiosity, some are ready to commit (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus challenges them, and they respond eagerly, hungry for learning and growth.


Level 3: Conviction - Come and Surrender For those deeply committed and convicted (Mark 8:34, 35), this level requires surrender. This level involves trust and initiative, as individuals demonstrate their determination.


Level 4: Commission - Come and Multiply Finally, Jesus commissions His followers (Matthew 28:19, 20) to replicate His work. Leadership and interpersonal skills are crucial at this stage as they pass on the torch.
When it comes to commitment, Jesus and Peter exemplified both ends of the spectrum.

In Closing...

In leadership, commitment stands as a defining thread, merging together the fabric of success and failure. Through the contrasting narratives of Jesus Christ and Simon Peter, we witness the profound impact commitment—or lack thereof—can have on individuals and their missions.

 
Jesus exemplifies unwavering devotion, remaining steadfast in His purpose despite facing betrayal and rejection. His commitment transcends adversity, inspiring others to follow His lead with courage and conviction.
In contrast, Peter's journey reflects the pitfalls of faltering commitment. Despite initial declarations of loyalty, he succumbs to doubt and fear, ultimately denying his allegiance to Jesus.

 
Yet, amidst Peter's shortcomings, there remains hope and redemption. His story serves as a poignant reminder that commitment is not a static state but a journey—one marked by growth, resilience, and ultimately, transformation. We must be graceful to ourselves and others in the shortcomings.

 
As leaders, we are called to emulate the unwavering commitment of Jesus, leading with integrity, courage, and steadfast dedication to our purpose and those we serve. By nurturing a culture of commitment within ourselves and our teams, we pave the way for enduring impact and lasting success.

🚀 #CharacterBuildingLeadership

Leadership Action Time...

Take some time to reflect within yourself and all different areas of your life, what is your level of commitment.

Based on levels 1-4 above, determine what level you are on for each area.

Don’t condemn yourself for the level you ar at, simply ask:

- Is this the level I want/need to be in at this moment?
- (If you want to move to the next level) How do I get to the next level?

Have a fun week with this one!


Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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