In Credibility by Kouzes and Posner the authors point out the difference between “leader” credibility and personal credibility.
DWYSYWD – “Do What You Say You Will Do” – is the behavioral definition of personal credibility.
DWWSWWD – “Do What We Say We Will Do” distinguishes “leader” credibility from personal credibility. Leaders represent their organizations, not just themselves. Leaders’ actions must be consistent with the shared values of their organizations.
I sometimes wonder how many LIFE Group leaders rely on personal vs. leader credibility. Ask the following…
Do I understand that it is about Him and them and not about me and mine?
Do I understand the needs of my group or do I lead out of my personal comfort zones relying on what I think is best for their spiritual growth?
Do I really know the people in my group or do I teach a lesson?
Do I lead based on my personal credibility or do I seek “leader” credibility through prayer, understanding the shared values of the congregation and lead from a team perspective?
A pastor friend of mine would often say “we are in this thing together”. I love that statement. We ARE in this thing together — God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit; with us as we move toward the Christ centered life. One body, many parts –all in Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12)
Let’s DWWSWWD by equipping and encouraging people to be like Jesus.
Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. There is one body and one Spirit —just as you were called to one hope at your calling— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1–6 (HCSB)