"Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults" (Psalm 19:12, NASB).
Today, we come to the end of our list of the top ten mistakes women leaders make. Of course, we cannot be limited to ten, but this is about all we can take! We will save the rest for a later time. :)
Our tenth item on the list is the "fatal flaw(s)." You know exactly what I am talking about. This is the thing that everyone else sees clearly, yet the owner of the flaw has no clue that it is a problem. Often, there is one thing that keeps someone from being hired, keeps a woman from being effective, and keeps someone from asking that person to lead.
Fatal flaws can be most anything. I know a woman who is outstanding in numerous ways. She has a passion for the Lord and loves people. Her fatal flaw is that she is convinced that she is the only one who is able to hear God speak. That's a pride, humility, and arrogance issue; yet it keep her from being effective. I know of a young lady who has been given many opportunities, but is so unsure of herself that people cannot follow her. She has not understood the power of God to speak through her and has crippled her ability to lead. There is one I know who has the fatal flaw of not presenting herself well. She rarely takes care of her outward appearance (can we say bath, a little mascara, and a hair cut?). While she is gifted, she is not presenting herself well. (Let's face it, she needs a makeover.) The woman who is an emotional wreck is not the one anyone wants leading their team. Fatal flaws (spiritual, emotional, physical, mental) are things that must be fixed.
Sometimes we as leaders forget that humanity can get it the way of being an effective leader. Pray and ask God to show you your fatal flaws. Ask your friends and those you love, "What is one thing that would make me more effective as a leader?"
Remember, we are gifted2go! Let's don't let fatal flaws be our downfall.
You know you (flaws and all) are loved.