|I want to talk about the second tip for being a good leader: don’t pretend. Straight from Jesus, the message — to not act holier than we really are — is crystal clear. If we were listening to Jesus speak in Aramaic as He did when He originally gave the Sermon on the Mount, the humor in His story would have been apparent.
Jesus paints a vivid picture of a guy walking around with a huge log jutting out of his eye, which prevents him from seeing anything clearly, let alone perceiving the smallest object in the eye of the guy next to him. The point is that we shouldn’t pretend to be something that we are not. It’s never wise nor becoming of a leader to assume that he or she knows better or is better when we are all flawed.
Friend, you don’t need to pretend! Remove the log from your own eye and lead with humility and compassion. When people come to you with their struggles, validating and empathic statements prove to the one sharing that you see and care about their heart. Jesus Christ has set you free from the need to prove that you are perfect and has given you the tremendous privilege of walking in humility so that others see Him in and through your life!