If I’m honest, insecurity is my biggest struggle as a leader. I don’t know what it is, but when I see someone doing something better than me, I get angry. Beyond that, if I see someone doing something that I’m not able to do at all, I envy that person. I sincerely hope I’m not alone in this feeling.
What’s interesting about this is that each and every one of us has a specific set of skills that we’re meant to use in order to contribute to society. We’re not all meant to have the same set of skills, and even for those of us who have similar skills, we’re still differentiated enough that we each have our own specific impact. My speaking or writing style is my own, and I don’t need to adjust it to how someone else speaks or writes because I’m not them.
You have a specific impact you’re meant to have on this world. No one can lead like you can. No one can speak like you can. No one can do what you do like you can, and that’s what makes life beautiful. Be secure in who you are and how you lead. Craig Groeschel, one of my favorite speakers, always says, “Be real. People always prefer to follow a leader who is always real than one who is always right.”
Have your aspirations; be inspired to learn something new; continue to grow, but be yourself in whatever you do. Be secure in who you are and confident in the fact that you have significance and the ability to make the difference.
What are some ways that insecurity creeps into your life? How can you prevent jealousy from influencing your leadership?