Leaning in is an important leadership skill. To lean in one must change their posture, move forward and incline their ear to the person speaking, or in general, to the opportunity being presented.
Proverbs 3 (ESV) invites us to lean in while leaning not on our own understanding, but instead accessing the wisdom of Creator God.
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
Leaders often dress for success depending on the context of their position. Several popular, expensive brand names are embroidered on the tags of business suits and accessories, and are often equated with power. I find it helpful that the writer of Proverbs is inspired to give us instruction on what not to wear, but how to wear it: take steadfast love and faithfulness off the hangers and cover yourself from head to toe in them. The essence of both should emanate from your being as you lean in, so you can lean not.
What does steadfast love and faithfulness look like in the world of work in 2016? First and foremost, the correct goal must be in place which requires Godly discernment. Then, humility and consistency must follow, all of these covered with the intentional discipline of leaning in to heavenly guidance.
Not an easy agenda when we try to comprehend this all on our own, but that is the point of these verses. TRUST, LEAN IN and LISTEN so you will LEAN NOT on yourself.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.