Effective Leaders See Clearly
“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5, NASB)
I’m privileged to have been able to call the late Dr. Roger Birkman, Founder and Chairman of Birkman International, a fellow brother in Christ and personal friend.
He was a true pioneer in the field of psychological testing and assessment and the application of psychological tools (the Birkman Method) in the marketplace. I re-member the day he joined our Birkman Consultant’s training class and told the story of the time he spent hiding behind enemy lines in WWII. He spent his days reading countless books including the Bible. He smiled as he recounted the impact that to-day’s verse had on his thinking. As a pilot, he noticed during debriefing sessions, that every pilot on a bombing run had a different perception of what happened. They saw reality very differently. His fascination and curiosity with this behavior eventually led to his PhD dissertation and creation of the Birkman Method.
Many times over the years I’ve had to deal with the reality of a senior executive who had almost no awareness or insight into the log that blocked his vision, but was intent on focusing on the speck of sawdust (weakness) he saw in the eye of a direct report or peer. I was blessed to have Management Intermetrics (360 Assessment and Feedback) and the Birkman Method in my toolbox to help them discover the truth and remove the log from their eye so they could see clearly.
As Christians, we must carefully examine ourselves. We must ask the Holy Spirit to help us become aware of our own perceptions, biases, values, beliefs and needs and how they impact our relationships with others. We must be willing to remove the log that causes a blind spot and blocks our vision. Child of God, ask God to remove any log you may have and to help you see clearly through His eyes.
Lord, thank you for the penetrating power of your Word. Jesus, shine your light in me. Remove every barrier so I may see myself and others through your eyes. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen
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