There is a sobering leadership principle every leader needs to know. Often we learn it the hard way, so I think it might be helpful if I prepare you for it – in case you don’t know.
The fact is:
Who you are in your private life impacts who you are in your professional life.
The the two parts of your life are inseparable.
How many pastors, leaders, or public officials have seen their whole professional world come crashing down around them, because of something which was hidden in their private life? Chances are you know a few names.
You can try to manage two identities – pretending in public everything is okay in private. And, it might work for a time. It never works long-term.
Who you really are will ultimately be discovered. Your personal junk will impact your public world.
“For there is nothing hidden which will not be disclosed” – Jesus (Mark 4:22)
The only real, sustainable solution to this principle is to protect your public life by continually working to protect and improve your private life.
Here’s a sobering question (for you and me) to accompany a sobering leadership principle.
What in your private life has the potential to derail your public life? And, what are you going to do about it?