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Due to Easter being this weekend, I thought that I would focus this week’s blog on Jesus and a particular leadership teaching found in the bible.

One of the areas that I struggle with the most is seeking the applause from other people. I have often told bosses and leaders that I would rather hear about what I did wrong instead of getting praise from them or pats on the back from them.

I have spent a decent amount of time thinking about that statement. I have wondered if this was just my way of showing some “false humility”, you know just trying to act as if I did not want any praise but wanting it.

It was just a while ago while as I was reading about the final week of Jesus’ life when I came across a verse. In John 12:43, John explains the heart of the religious leaders. John tells us “they loved the glory that comes from a man more than the glory that comes from God”.

In going back and thinking about my statement, I have realized that one of the weaknesses that I have is that I truly enjoy (even love) the praise that comes from others. I enjoy when others see what I have done and then make a big deal about it. I want people to recognize all that “I” have accomplished.

I think that what the bible teaches us is something that works in any setting. We have all been around someone that thinks that it is all about them. I know that I have been that person, and I have also had the opportunity to be around that person. In either case, we can all admit that that person is not fun to be around. I would also say that, from experience, it is not fun being that person.

As a person that is trying to be a leader modeled after the teachings of Jesus, I think it all comes down to one question. “Who are you doing this for?”

A leader that is trying to follow the example of Jesus realizes that it is not about them. This leader understands that it is about the team.

I also had to realize how to receive a compliment or praise. It is important to remember that when you refuse to accept someone’s compliment you are saying something back to them. A compliment is someone else’s opinion, and if you discount their opinion, you are actually disagreeing with them.

The reality is that this is a heart issue. It is ok to accept praise, however, remember back to the statement in John 12:43. The religious leaders had grown to “love” the glory that came from men. This is the area that we as leaders need to avoid, not the actual act of getting a compliment.

The experiment, this week, is to check your heart. Have you started to love the glory of men more than that the glory that comes from the Lord?